This introduced groundcover is commonly known as needle burr.
Amaranthus spinosus is described as a "higher dicot" in the Amaranthaceae family.
In the Queensland Nature Conservation Act it is not classified as it is not native to Queensland. Under the Federal Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act it is not classified.
It has been recorded in the Wide Bay district in the Queensland Herbarium Census and is listed as occurring in the Fraser Coast region in Queensland Herbarium Wildlife Online.
Reported at 1 Fraser Coast locality: Boonooroo Plains.
Fraser Coast distribution based on unverified field reports.