Setaria sphacelata

Setaria sphacelata

(South African Pigeon Grass, Setaria, African Bristlegrass)

FAMILY

Poaceae

Species

Setaria sphacelata

Common name(s)

South African Pigeon Grass, Setaria, African Bristlegrass

Flower colour; life form

Grass, densely tufted perennial to 2 m tall

Distinguishing features

A native of Africa, a densely tufted grass to 2 m tall, it out competes local grasses. Toxic to horses due to oxalates. Ligule densely ciliate. Inflorescence a spike-like panicle 7-30 cm long, spikelets to 3 mm long, often orange-tinged.

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