Alternative common names:
Creeping, mat-forming perennial herb up to 70cm high with rounded stems to 2m or more long that root at the nodes. Fleshy, hairy leaves that are irregularly toothed or serrated, dark green above and paler below. Yellow flowers from spring to autumn.
Where does this species come from?Central America
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA - Category 1b in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Eastern Cape, 3 in rest of South Africa
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Eastern Cape
How does it spread?Usually vegetatively
Why is it a problem?
It will compete with crops for nutrients, light and water, and reduce crop yields
What does it look like?
General description: A spreading herb growing up to 30cm in height.
Leaves: Dark green three-lobed leaves.
Flowers: Fleshy, hairy leaves that are irregularly toothed or serrated, dark green above and paler below.
Fruit/seeds: Yellow flowers from spring to autumn.
Does the plant have any uses?