Weed Identification

Australia > QLD > South Eastern Queensland (IBRA) > Plant Form - Grass

Significant weeds known to occur, or with the potential to occur, in the region you have selected include the following 17 grasses.

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African Lovegrass
    Eragrostis curvula

American Rat’s Tail Grass
    Sporobolus jacquemontii

Coolatai Grass
    Hyparrhenia hirta

Elephant Grass
    Pennisetum purpureum

Giant Parramatta Grass
    Sporobolus fertilis

Giant Rat's Tail Grass
    Sporobolus pyramidalis

Giant Rat's Tail Grass
    Sporobolus natalensis

Grader grass
    Themeda quadrivalvis

Guinea Grass
    Megathyrus maximus

Longstyle feather grass
    Pennisetum villosum

Mission Grass
    Pennisetum polystachion

Mossman River Grass
    Cenchrus echinatus

Olive Hymenachne
    Hymenachne amplexicaulis

Para Grass
    Urochloa mutica

Parramatta Grass
    Sporobolus africanus

Serrated Tussock
    Nassella trichotoma

Torpedo Grass
    Panicum repens

      1 - 10 of 17 brief descriptions - Click on a plant image or name for a comprehensive description.


African Lovegrass - Eragrostis curvula

A variable species complex. Valued for soil conservation and fodder or regarded as a serious weed. Introduced for soil stabilisation. Common on sandy soils; capable of resisting drought and heavy grazing. Successfully competes with low grow... more


American Rat’s Tail Grass - Sporobolus jacquemontii

Prolific seed producer with a high seed viability. Summer-growing grass that is relatively unpalatable to stock. Some treat this species as the same as Sporobolus pyramidalis or as a variety of S. pyramidalis.... more


Coolatai Grass - Hyparrhenia hirta

Introduced for soil stabilisation in the Coolatai area. Locally abundant on the north western slopes of New South Wales and adjacent areas in Queensland but spreading to other areas and locally dominant on roadsides where it is displacing m... more


Elephant Grass - Pennisetum purpureum

Introduced as a windbreak and pasture grass. Favours moist conditions or high rainfall. Now naturalised along roadsides and on neglected land, its tall growth crowding out other species and obscuring vision on roads. Pennisetum purpureum... more


Giant Parramatta Grass - Sporobolus fertilis

Summer growing unpalatable tough grass. Widespread and locally common in coastal areas of NSW and Queensland. Weed of low fertility soils. When established will exclude native plants. Recovers rapidly from fire. Major weed of disturbed and ... more


Giant Rat's Tail Grass - Sporobolus pyramidalis

Unpalatable tough grass. Widespread and locally common in coastal areas of northern NSW and Qld. Weed of low fertility soils. When established will exclude native plants. Recovers rapidly from fire. Low fodder value for sheep and cattle. Ma... more


Giant Rat's Tail Grass - Sporobolus natalensis

Prolific seed producer with a high seed viability. Summer growing grass that is relatively unpalatable to stock.... more


Grader grass - Themeda quadrivalvis

First recorded in Australia in 1935. Now widespread and common in a number of areas of tropical and subtropical Australia. It may form continuous dense stands on roadsides. Fodder value of this grass is low and it displaces more useful spec... more


Guinea Grass - Megathyrus maximus

Valuable fodder plant. A weed of roadsides, disturbed sites and crops. Introduced to central and South America where it burns readily preventing cleared land going back to forest. Three varieties are naturalised in Queensland, M. maximus... more


Longstyle feather grass - Pennisetum villosum

Originally introduced as an ornamental, now widespread and locally common on roadsides and neglected land. Unpalatable to stock and increases in infested pasture. This grass is also naturalised in New Zealand, North and South America, Asia,... more

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