Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Caesalpinia decapetala (Roth) Alston
Mauritius thorn, mysore thorn, thorny poinciana, shoofly, wait a while
Highly Invasive, Major problem species
Origin: India, Sri Lanka
Growth Form: Climber
Plant Description: Plant: Robust, thorny, evergreen shrub 2–4 m high or climber up to 10 m or higher; often forming dense thickets; stems minutely golden-hairy; stem thorns ± straight to hooked, numerous, not in regular rows or confined to nodes. Leaves: Dark green, paler beneath, not glossy, up to 300 mm long; leaflets up to 8 mm wide. Flowers: Pale yellow, in elongated, erect clusters 100–400 mm long, May–November. Fruit: Brown, woody pods, flattened, unsegmented, smooth, sharply beaked at apex, ± 80 mm long.
Key Features:
Control: chemical and mechanical means, chemicals should be applied to small plants that have been slashed down
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K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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Rob Mackenzie, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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