Plant. Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, Hawaii, USA

Seeds on stem. Photo: Luigi Rignanese, Italy

Flowers on stem. Photo: Keir Morse, California, USA

Line drawing in Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States

Common Name

Stinkgrass, Stinking Lovegrass




Introduced annual grass to 90cm tall, often with an unpleasant odour. Leaves with a sheath at the base. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaves flat, 5-20cm long, 2-8mm wide, sometimes rolled, hairless except for a tuft of hairs at the top of the sheath, often with pit-like or warty glands on the margins, tapering to a fine point. Spikelets olive green or purplish, 2-30mm long. Seeds with 0 bristles. Mature seed groups spreading or elliptical to cylindrical.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 98

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