Mysore Thorn


General description

Sprawling shrub or climber. Stems are thorny. Leaves are bipinnately compound, with 4-10 pinnae pairs each bearing 8-12 leaflets, pale undersides and a prickly main stalk. Flowers are yellow and borne in erect, elongated clusters. Seed pods are dark brown, < 11 cm long and dehiscent.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell mysore thorn. As mysore thorn is an Unwanted Organism, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.

Disturbed forest, forest and riparian margins, grassland, disturbed sites, pasture, plantations, gardens, roadsides.

Seeds dispersed by water, birds, small mammals and livestock. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Forms dense thickets, smothering native vegetation and impeding movement of humans and animals.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base of stems with 2g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

Safety notes

Plant has thorns.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Search tags

RPMP status

Unwanted Organism
Mysore thorn - Main species image