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Significant weeds known to occur, or with the potential to occur, in the region you have selected include the following 16 grasses.

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African Feather Grass
    Pennisetum macrourum

African Lovegrass
    Eragrostis curvula

Cane Needlegrass
    Nassella hyalina

Chilean Needlegrass
    Nassella neesiana

Coolatai Grass
    Hyparrhenia hirta

    Amelichloa brachychaeta

Guinea Grass
    Megathyrus maximus

Lobed Needlegrass
    Nassella charruana

Longstyle feather grass
    Pennisetum villosum

Mexican Feather Grass
    Nassella tenuissima

Parramatta Grass
    Sporobolus africanus

Pink Pampas Grass
    Cortaderia jubata

    Jarava plumosa

Serrated Tussock
    Nassella trichotoma

Spiny Burrgrass
    Cenchrus longispinus

    Cortaderia richardii

      1 - 10 of 16 brief descriptions - Click on a plant image or name for a comprehensive description.

African Feather Grass - Pennisetum macrourum

Possibly introduced to Australia in hay brought back with horses after the Boer War. Spring and summer growing grass that is drought resistant, has low palatability, harbours rabbits, is a fire hazard and restricts access to watercourses. O... more

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

Cane Needlegrass - Nassella hyalina

Uncommon in New South Wales but apparently reasonably common in the outer northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. Minor weed of neglected and urban land. Generally avoided by stock but will be eaten if more palatable grasses are not pres... more

Chilean Needlegrass - Nassella neesiana

Germination mainly occurs in autumn and spring. Palatable and considered to be a reasonable feed in winter but a poor feed when flowering and seeding. Causes vegetable fault in wool. First recorded in Australia in 1934. Increasing numbers o... 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

Espartillo - Amelichloa brachychaeta

Uncommon weed of pasture. Plants have little fodder value but young plants are eaten by stock. This grass is also naturalised in the USA and Spain.... 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

Lobed Needlegrass - Nassella charruana

Only known from a few locations in Victoria. First recorded in 1995. Forms competitive dense stands. This species gives every indication of being an extremely serious agricultural and environmental weed. Regarded as a grass of poor feed val... 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

Mexican Feather Grass - Nassella tenuissima

Initially mislabelled and sold as an ornamental in Australia under the names Elegant Spear Grass, Pony Tail and Angel's Hair. Mexican Feather Grass is not known to be naturalised in Australia to date. This grass is a weed in its native rang... more

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