Chrysopogon aciculatus

Chrysopogon aciculatus

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(Mackie’s Pest, Golden False Beardgrass)

FAMILY

Poaceae

Species

Chrysopogon aciculatus

Common name(s)

Mackie’s Pest, Golden False Beardgrass (a weed)

Flower colour; life form

Perennial grass, often mat-forming, 20-60 cm tall

Distinguishing features

Stolons present, leaf blades to 15 cm long and 2-5 mm wide. Inflorescence an open panicle to 10 cm long, branches stiff. Spikelets paired, needle-like callus present at base, 3-10 mm long bears golden hairs. Fertile spikelet with an apical awn 3.5-7 mm long.