Cenchrus (syn.Pennisetum) basedowii

Image of Pennisetum basedowii

(Asbestos Grass)




Cenchrus (syn.Pennisetum) basedowii

Common name

Asbestos grass

Flower colour; life form

Flower spikelets pale; erect to decumbent grass to 1 m tall

Distinguishing features

The distinctive feature of this grass are the dense heads to 6 cm long, each spikelet bears numerous pale bristles. Stems branch widely towards the top, leaves blade rough on top and smooth below. Usually found on clay soils and floodplains.

Scan of Asbestos Grass