Native to eastern Africa. Perennial. C4.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
It is often planted in nature strips and lawns. It grows best in well-watered sandy soil. The flowers have one to five spikelets totally or partly enclosed in the upper leaf sheath.
Buffalo Grass differs in that its ligule is a fringed membrane, 0.5-1mm long, and its leaves are blunt-ended, and its flowers are spikes. Couch Grass is much more slender, and has windmill flowers.
penna: feather, seta: a bristle, referring to the feathery bristles of some species;
clandestinum: bearing hidden, invisible flowers.