Onehunga (also known as prickle weed and bindii) is a prickly-seeded weed often found in lawns.
Onehunga weed is New Zealand's most hated lawn weed. The plant forms small branch like structures with very fine leaves on them (and prickly seeds in the summer). It typically forms in patches up to 40 cm across in lawns, playing fields and golf courses.
It is a very unpleasant weed due to the prickles on its ripe seeds which make walking or lying on the lawn painful.
The seeds germinate in autumn, with the plant actively growing in winter. Then by the time summer comes into effect it's life cycle comes to close and the plant dies leaving ripe prickly seeds for people and animals to stand on and spread in preparation for the upcoming autumn.
The flowers are inconspicuous pale green flower. It's best to apply weed control before the flowers appear or soon after they do. Once the flowers turn into seeds they will be much harder to control.
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