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Chilean Needlegrass - introduced (*Nassella neesiana)

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Native to South America. Perennial. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

Other names: Stipa neesiana.


The "queen's crown" at the awn base is distinctive.

A weed of pasture that can crowd out more desirable grasses.

It is a noxious weed and listed as Regionally Restricted in central Victoria. It is also an environmental weed.

Nassella: from nassa a narrow-necked wicker basket; ella: diminutive, referring to the shape of the floret of some species; neesiana in honour of C. G. D. Nees von Esenbeck, 1766-1858, a German botanist.

1: Crown at the lemma summit. 2, 3: Chilean Needlegrass. Barfold.