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GrassCenchrus setaceus  

African Fountain Grass at Belconnen, ACT

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Cenchrus setaceus at Belconnen, ACT - 27 Nov 2018
Cenchrus setaceus at Belconnen, ACT - 27 Nov 2018

Identification history

Grass Cenchrus setaceus 19 Dec 2018 michaelb
Grass Cenchrus setaceus 28 Nov 2018 michaelb
Grass Cenchrus purpurascens 27 Nov 2018 RWPurdie

Significant sighting

michaelb noted:
  18 Dec 2018

African Fountain Grass is a species that the government is trying to eradicate from the ACT so it doesn't become widespread.

Author's notes

Scattered plants growing at base of brick wall and cement paving. A few other plants growing in lower car park areas.


RWPurdie wrote:
   27 Nov 2018
Collected a herbarium specimen (RWP11313)
michaelb wrote:
   28 Nov 2018
Hi Michael M and Rosemary
The drooping habit of this specimen makes it look more like Cenchrus setaceus:
RWPurdie wrote:
   28 Nov 2018
I'll be able to get the correct id from the herbarium specimen; it will take a few weeks though before it will be out of the freezer.
michaelb wrote:
   28 Nov 2018
Thanks Rosemary
For the moment, I'll remove the confirmation by MM and it can sit in the Unidentified until the herbarium responds. The ALA will pick it up as a valid sighting if we leave it as it is.
RWPurdie wrote:
   18 Dec 2018
I've just keyed the specimen out in AusGrass2 and checked against herbarium specimens & can confirm it's Cenchrus setaceus. Cenchrus setaceus has hairy bristles surrounding the spikelets (flowers); the bristles are glabrous in Cenchrus purpuascens.
michaelb wrote:
   19 Dec 2018
Thanks Rosemary
I'll report this one to the ACT Invasive Weeds Officer.
To quote from Michael M "African Fountain Grass is a species that we are trying to eradicate in the ACT, before it becomes widespread."
   20 Dec 2018
Thank you for the report. The City Services environmental weed sprayers team (based at La trobe Park depot) will be head out there tomorrow. Interestingly this may have spread from a nearby site they been controlling over a number of years. See this Collector for ArcGIS screenshot link to show spread:
   20 Dec 2018
past into your browser to see map
michaelb wrote:
   20 Dec 2018
Thanks for the prompt action Steve !

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Species information

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  • Exotic
  • Medium Weed or Pest

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