Botanical name: Ehrharta erecta
Photo: Adam Burrowes
Also called Panic Veldt Grass. Originating from South Africa, a perrenial grass forming a tussock to 60cm high, usually less. Bright green soft narrow leaves about 10cm long.
Seed head with green or cream seeds in a spray 3 to 30 cm long. All but the very youngest plants carry a seed head.
Impact on bushland
An under-estimated and serious weed of gardens and bushland, because it is so prolific and dominates the ground layer to the exclusion of every other plant at that level. Thrives in sun or heavy shade, constantly bears seed. Invades undisturbed areas by growing up through other ground covers and small shrubs.
- Weeping Meadow Grass (Microlaena stipoides), a native grass - see the Look-a-likes booklet