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Cobbler's pegs (467) Print Fact Sheet

Relates to: Weeds


Common Name

Cobbler's pegs; it is also known as beggar's ticks, or pitchforks. The name beggar's ticks is usually given to a related species, Bidens alba.

Scientific Name

Bidens pilosa. There are other closely related species, Bidens alba and Bidens odorata. Identification is complicated because of the similarity of other species; it should be done by specialists. These species are members of the Asteraceae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Aradhana Deesh
Adapted from Cobbler's pegs (Bidens pilosa) (2018) Weeds of SE Qld and Northern NSW. Lucidcentral. (; and additional information from CABI (2019) Bidens pilosa (bitter vine). Invasive Species Compendium. (; and Waterhouse DF, Norris KR (1987) Biological Control Pacific Prospects. Inkata Press, Melbourne; Bidens pilosa (2010) Wikipedia. ( Photos 1&3 Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Photo 2 William M. Ciesla, Forest Health Management International, Photo 4 Forest & Kim Starr, Forrest Environmental,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland, in association with the Pacific Community and Koronivia Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.

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