Alternanthera pungens

Family Amaranthaceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesCreeping Chaffweed, Khaki Weed, Khakiklits
SynonymsAchyranthes repens L.; Alternanthera achyrantha (L.) Sweet; Alternanthera achyrantha var. echinata (Sm.) Maiden; Alternanthera achyrantha var. leiantha Seub.; Alternanthera echinata Sm.; Alternanthera repens (L.) Link; Illecebrum achyrantha L.
Growth formHerb
Seed dispersal morphologyAdhesive (burrs, sticky, awns, hairs etc)
Maximum height (m)Information unavailable
Capable of vegetative reproductionYes
Native rangeSouth America
Exotic range (Australia)ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, Christmas Island
Exotic range (other)Asia, Oceania, Pacific Ocean Islands
Habitat types (exotic)Agricultural land, Disturbed areas (including trails), Grasslands, Pastures, Riparian systems, Roadsides, Urban areas, gardens and parks, Wastelands
Soil type (exotic)Sandy
Decade of introduction1890

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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