There are three known species of mesquite plus a hybrid present in Queensland. Mesquite, once a favoured shade tree around homesteads, has spread significantly in Queensland.
Mesquite (all Prosopis spp. and hybrids) are Class 1 declared pest plants under Queensland legislation and a Weed of National Significance.Prosopis glandulosa, P. pallida and P. veluntina are Class 2 declared plants.
Biosecurity Queensland encourages people report this pest plant and take actions to help stop the establishment, prevent the spread, and to control this pest.
Prosopis glandulosa, P. pallida, P. velutina and P. spp. hybrid
The best form of weed control is prevention. Treat weed infestations when they are small - do not allow weeds to establish.
Steps for weed prevention:
Four species of insects have been introduced as biological control agents against mesquite.
All Prosopis spp. and hybrids not yet found in Queensland are Class 1 declared species. Prosopis glandulosa, P. pallida and P. veluntina are Class 2 declared pest plants.