Plants of the Castlemaine District

Stink Grass - introduced (*Eragrostis cilianensis)

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Native to the Meditteranean region. Annual. C4.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

It is moderately common along roadsides and in nature strips and gutters.


A malodorous grass.

The odour, the glandular leaves and the yellow bands below the nodes distinguishes this grass from other local love grasses.

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eros: love; agrostis: grass, referring to the delicate flower clusters of some species; cilianensis: from Cigliano Italy.

1: Stink Grass. Mechanics Lane. 2 : Flower cluster (a panicle).
3: Glands along the leaf stalk (arrowed). 4: Spikelets. Castlemaine. 5: Yellow stripe below a node. All: Castlemaine.