Senegal Tea (Gymnocoronis spilanthoides) is a State-declared Category 3 pest plant under the Biosecurity Act 2015. This means the species is not commonly present in Queensland, but would seriously threaten Queensland's primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people's livelihoods (Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, 2011).
Senegal Tea is an aquatic perennial that grows over the water surface or in wet, marshy soils. The species is identified by three main characteristics: leaves opposite one another on the stem, hollow stems and white flowers. The plant can grow in various forms, producing runners and floating stems up to 2.5 metres in length, or growing as rounded bushes. Its flowers resemble white pom-poms and are 15 to 20 millimetres in diameter.
City of Gold Coast is working closely with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and the community to control this weed before it spreads throughout Queensland (Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 2007).
If you find a plant in a waterway that resembles the characteristics of Senegal Tea, please complete our online form below or contact us immediately on 1300 GOLD COAST or 07 5582 8211.
Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation 2001, Declared plants of Queensland, The State of Queensland.
Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries 2008, Senegal Tea (Gymnocoronis spilanthoides) Declared Class 1, Land Protection (Invasive Plants and Animals), The State of Queensland.