Suckering perennial shrub or small tree < 4 m tall. Stems are hollow, branching and hairless. Leaves are large, alternate, glossy green/red/purple/brown, palmate and serrated. Flowers are red/green and borne in inflorescences. Seed capsules are spherical, greenish and spiny.
To help protect our environment:
Open habitats, disturbed sites, wasteland, riparian margins, gardens.
Seeds dispersed by explosive dehiscence and water. Vegetative spread from adventitious shoots.
May outcompete and prevent revegetation of plants in disturbed habitats, pasture and cleared forestry plantations. Extremely poisonous to humans, livestock, native fauna and pets. Strongly allergenic.
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.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.