Guinea Grass

Also known as:
Urochloa Maxima, Panicum Maximum, Green Panic, Buffalo Grass
Family:
Poaceae
Origin:
Africa

General description

Large tufted perennial grass up to 3 m tall. Has a short, creeping rhizome, leaves to 35 mm wide. The inflorescence is a large multi-branched, open panicle with loose, flexuous branches; lower branches are arranged in a whorl.

Open pastures and disturbed areas

Birds, wind, machinery.

Forms dense stands, competes with other desireable plants. Seeds profusely. Seeds can survive long periods of drought, the plant can regenerate rapidly due to underground rhizomes.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull or grub out small infestations.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
Guinea grass - Main species image