- Thicket forming shrub reaching 4-20 feet in height;
- Dangerously sharp recurved thorns on stems and leaves;
- Pink flowers arranged in a head;
- Clusters of flat, brown pods 3-4 inches in length.
- Disturbed areas near water, road ways, and marine habitats;
- Highlands country in central Florida southward.
Reasons it should be removed:
- Causes extensive damage to natural and cultivated ecosystems
- Can withstand being flooding, allowing it to invade wetland areas
- Produces seeds year round that are viable for many years
Method of removal:
- Manual pulling of plant;
- Repeated reinspections of site are required to prevent new growth from seeds.
Content updated Date June 18, 2004