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Kikuyu - introduced (*Pennisetum clandestinum)

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Other grasses
The grass plant
Pennisetum species


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.

1. Creeping habit of Kikuyu. 2: It spreads from creeping stems Doveton St, Castlemaine. 3: The flowers are almost hidden by the upper leaves. Essendon.