Palm Grass

Also known as:
Bristlegrass
Family:
Poaceae
Origin:
India

General description

Large, robust, clump-forming grass. Dense rhizome mass. Pleated leaves <75cm long, look like young palm fronds. Leaf stalks covered in irritating hairs. Greenish, cylindrical flower spike stands above leaves.

Tolerates most conditions, varying light.

Seed dispersed by wind & animals. Rhizomes by dumping

Forms pure colonies, rhizome mass excludes all other vegetation.

Site management

Strong roots & prickly sheaths make mechanical removal difficult. Extremely hard to kill, resprouts constantly. Frequent & regular follow up required to achieve eradication.

Recommended approaches

1. Dig out small clumps (CAUTION: Leaf stalks covered in irritating hairs, wear protective clothing when handling plant.)
2. In active growth phase, stem inject with 2ml undiluted glyphosate into root masses, 150 mm apart.
3. Spray in spring (200ml glyphosate + 20ml penetrant/10L).

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
Community Initiatives - Whole Region
palm grass - Main species image