Seed heads on stems. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

'Seeds'. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Buffel Grass, Black Buffel Grass




Introduced annual or perennial grass 10cm-1.5m tall.  Leaves with a sparsely to densely hairy, slightly rough sheath at the base.  Ligule a fringe of hairs.  Leaves 3-30cm long, 2-10mm wide, flat, rolled when drying, rough, hairy or hairless, the edges smooth or with short hairs, and tapering to a fine hard point.  Spikelets white or purple, 3-12mm long.  Mature seed groups cylindrical.  Seeds with many bristles.

Description and photo (page 72) and line drawing of 'seed' (Fig. 13a page 72) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

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