Evergreen shrub or small tree < 10 m tall. Stems are green and hairy, maturing to grey-brown and smooth with many raised pores. Leaves are alternate and bipinnate, with < 10 pairs of pinnae and < 22 pairs of elongated, pointy-tipped pinnules. Flowers are white and borne in dense globe-shaped clusters on spikes in summer. Seed pods are elongated, flattened, green ripening to brown, pointy-tipped and contain glossy, brown seeds.
Although wild tamarind is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.
Coastal areas, open areas, riparian margins, disturbed sites, wasteland, gardens, roadsides.
Seeds dispersed by water, wind, gravity, insects, rodents and livestock. Human-mediated dispersal through movement of contaminated soil.
Can form dense thickets, outcompeting and displacing native vegetation. Nitrogen fixer. Can be toxic to livestock.
Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Crown lift to allow understory plants to establish or to underplant prior to controlling large trees.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.