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Rats-tail Grass - introduced (*Sporobolis africanus)

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sporobolis sporobolus sporobolis

Native to Africa. Perennial. C4.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

Other names: *Sporobolis indicus.


Recognise by the narrow cylindrical flower cluster, the absence of bristles, the absence of awns, and the single-flowered spikelets.

It is uncommon.

Sporos: seed; bolus: throw, the grass readily sheds its seed africanus: from Africa.

1, 3: The distinctive very narrow flower clusters. 2: Spikelets with thin-textured glumes. Harcourt.

Sporobolis africanus