Dried plants. Missouri Botanical Garden, plant from South Africa

Dried plant. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, plant from Saudi Arabia

Dried plant. Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany, plant from Eritrea

Common Name

Coolah Grass




Introduced perennial grass to 1.6m tall or sprawling. Leaves with a hairless or hairy sheath at the base. Ligule a membrane with or without a fringe of hairs. Leaves 3-30cm long, 2-15mm wide, flat or the edges rolled in when drying, hairless to hairy. Spikelets green or tinged purple, 2-4mm long. Seeds with 0 bristles. Mature seed groups cylindrical to spreading. 

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 pages 118-119

PlantNET description with line drawings and photos of dried plants:

ausgrass2 description with line drawing and photo: