Native to South America. Perennial. C4.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Occurrence: Very common in weedy places. It favours sites with extra moisture e.g. near roadside drains.
The radiating arms, the crowded flowers along the arms, the black stigmas and anthers, and the basal leaves are distinctive.
Its green basal leaves are conspicuous when other grasses dry off.
It is an environmental weed.
Paspalos: millet (Greek); dilatatum: extended, widened at the base.
Photos: 1, 2: Crowded flowers with black stigmas and anthers. 3, 4: The drooping flower clusters and the black anthers and stigmas make this an easily recognised plant. Castlemaine.