Common sensitive plant control

Page last updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 12:54pm

Control methods for common sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica) a declared pest in Western Australia.

REPORT THE PRESENCE OF THIS PEST BEFORE UNDERTAKING CONTROL

Information about this pest can be found on the common sensitive plant: declared pest page.

Chemical requirements

When using any agricultural chemicals please ensure that you always follow instructions on the label and any permit. Users of agricultural chemical products must always strictly comply with the directions on the label and the conditions of any permit. To view permits or product labels go to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website.

Chemical control options

Chemical control options can be found below. For other methods of control please refer to the aquatic weed control page, and the declared plant control handbook.

Recommended herbicides

  • Dicamba
  • Fluroxypyr
  • Ttriclopyr + picloram

Herbicide: Dicamba (Group I) (various trade names: see APVMA link)

Active ingredient

500g/L dicamba

Amount of product/10L water

40mL

Rate of product/ha

2-2.4L

Time of application

Actively growing young plants

Remarks

Thoroughly wet foliage. Do not disturb plants before spraying as leaves will fold up reducing surface exposed to the spray.
In sugar cane 560mL/ha applied post-emergent when weed has less than 8 true leaves.

More information and other control methods

  • Other formulations of dicamba available (e.g. 700g/kg)
  • Krismat wg (731.5g/kg ametryn + 18.5g/kg trifloxysulfuron) also registered for use in sugar cane.

Herbicide: Fluroxypyr (Group I)

Active ingredient

200g/L fluroxypyr

Amount of product/10L water

50mL

Rate of product/ha

1.5L

Wetting agent dilution

1:400

Time of application

Actively growing

Remarks

Leaves will close up if touched so always avoid contact with plant when spraying. Formulations containing 333g/L and 400g/L available.
For basal bark and cut stump apply 300mL in 10L of distilate

Herbicide: Triclopyr + picloram (Group I) (various trade names: see APVMA link)

Active ingredient

300g/L triclopyr + 100g/L picloram

Amount of product/10L water

20mL

Wetting agent

Use 100% non-ionic wetting agent such as BS-1000 @ 100mL/100L water

Time of application

Any time when actively growing

Remarks

Try to avoid causing leaves to close before spraying. A variation to this product is now available. Grazon™ Extra as well as containing picloram + triclopyr, has a new herbicide aminopyralid which is claimed to give it more activity. This is registered for use on sensitive plant in WA. Use at same rate as above product.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080