Buffalo Grass

Tropical America, Africa

General description

Strong, spreading grass <50cm high, creeping stems. Dense, dull-green leaves, red-tinged, rounded tips. Thick red-brown stemmed seed head with row of seeds down each side.

Coastal & open areas, often grows with Muehlenbeckia.

Spreads locally by running. Seeds dispersed by wind.

Spreads strongly into coastal environments especially on sand country. Smothers most native plants & seedlings.

Site management

Do not spray after frost. Physical removal largely ineffective, creates disposal problem. Weedmat suitable only around plantings, does not prevent reinvasion. Maintain rolling control front, check for seedlings. Reduce light levels with plantings.

Recommended approaches

1. Dig up and dispose. Small patches only.
2. Weedmat discrete spots for 2-3 months.
3. Weed wipe spring-summer (500 ml glyphosate/L).
4. Spray (60ml haloxyfop + 50ml crop oil/10L or 150ml glyphosate /10L. Add penetrant during drought stress.)

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

Similar species

Pennisetum clandestinum

Kikuyu flowers on rare occasions, and seeds are hidden by leaf sheaths.

RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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