Alternanthera pungens

Khaki Weed

Other common names:

Khaki burr and creeping chaffweed.



A perennial weed that forms a dense mat across the ground. Khaki Weed has a fleshy taproot and is distinguishable by its brown prickly burrs (fruit) and hairy reddish stems that also produce roots as they spread. Its leaves that grow in opposite pairs of unequal size up to 4 cm long. The weed spreads by seed that germinate in spring and summer.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Nil.



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Control Options