Kimberley Weeds

The Kimberley Weed Project at the Western Australian Herbarium (PERTH), Department of Environment and Conservation, formed part of the national CRC Weed Management Program. The overall aim of this program was “to provide tools for a co-ordinated national approach to the assessment, management and prevention of new weed incursions.”

FloraBase information systems currently record about 236 alien taxa within the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. In this initial project, the WA Herbarium undertook to provide comprehensive botanical descriptions which included nomenclature, morphology, habitat and distribution for 44 alien species from the Kimberley. These species descriptions are available online here in FloraBase.

The Kimberley descriptions were created by the Weed Information Network (WIN) team using the resources of the Western Australian Herbarium information systems, preserved specimens and national and international literature. The descriptive information was entered into a DELTA database which formatted them for presentation here in FloraBase. By drawing on this range of sources, the data not only reflected the features of Kimberley plants, but also of plants from their native land. Specimens provide the physical evidence for the presence, distribution and identity of plants. All of the species in this project were represented by vouchered specimens in the Herbarium’s collection.

Project Species List

Acanthaceae
*Asystasia gangetica (L.) T.Anderson
*Ruellia tuberosa L.
Apocynaceae
*Allamanda cathartica L.
*Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold
*Catharanthus roseus (L.) G.Don
*Nerium oleander L.
Bignoniaceae
*Tecoma stans (L.) Kunth
Boraginaceae
*Heliotropium indicum L.
Cucurbitaceae
*Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad.
*Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai
*Coccinia grandis (L.) Voigt
Lamiaceae
*Hyptis suaveolens (L.) Poit.
*Leonotis nepetifolia (L.) W.T.Aiton
*Ocimum basilicum L.
*Ocimum tenuiflorum L.
Malvaceae
*Gossypium hirsutum L.
*Hibiscus sabdariffa L.
*Malva parviflora L.
*Malvastrum americanum (L.) Torr.
*Malvastrum coromandelianum (L.) Garcke
*Sida acuta Burm.f.
*Sida acuta subsp. carpinifolia (L.f.) Borss.Waalk.
*Sida subcordata Span.
Meliaceae
*Azadirachta indica A.Juss.
Mimosaceae
*Acacia nilotica subsp. indica (Benth.) Brenan
*Leucaena leucocephala subsp. leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit
*Prosopis glandulosa var. glandulosa Torr.
*Prosopis glandulosa x velutina
*Prosopis pallida (Willd.) Kunth
Papilionaceae
*Aeschynomene americana L.
*Aeschynomene villosa Poir.
*Cajanus cajan (L.) Huth
*Canavalia ensiformis (L.) DC.
*Centrosema pascuorum Benth.
*Clitoria ternatea L.
*Crotalaria goreensis Guill. & Perr.
*Gliricidia sepium (Jacq.) Walp.
*Lablab purpureus (L.) Sweet
*Vigna trilobata (L.) Verdc.
Sapindaceae
*Cardiospermum halicacabum L.
*Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum L.
Scrophulariaceae
*Lindernia ciliata (Colsm.) Pennell
*Lindernia crustacea L.
Tiliaceae
*Corchorus olitorius L.
*Grewia asiatica L.
*Triumfetta pentandra A.Rich.

Species descriptions by James Carpenter, Gillian Smith, Kim Spence and Amanda Spooner

FloraBase Data

The complete list of the names for Kimberley Weeds.

List of Kimberley weeds (alphabetic by family):

List of Kimberley weeds (alphabetic by genus):

Project Sponsors

Australian CRC Weed Management Program WA Herbarium Weed Information Network