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HOW TO IDENTIFY THE WEED-MEXICAN FEATHER GRASS

Mexican feather grass

By Biosecurity Queensland

Mexican feather grass
Mexican feather grass.

Mexican feather grass causes severe environmental damage to native grasslands and has no grazing value for animals as it is low in protein and high in fibre. Mature plants can produce up to 120,000 seeds that can be spread by flooding, on clothing and the fur of animals and can remain in the soil seed bank for 4-5 years.

Mexican feather grass Nassella tenuissima has been mislabelled and sold in 2008 through Queensland nursery and landscape outlets asStipa capriccio. Landscapers have planted the grass in gardens or other areas as part of landscaping projects. People who have recently bought grass feature plants are being asked to take the time to check if they have unknowingly purchased this pest.

If you think you’ve seen this grass, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23. Do not attempt to remove the plant yourself.

Find out more about Mexican feather grass.

March 27th, 2011
Topic: PESTS DISEASES BACTERIA VIRUSES, PLANTS CROPS WEEDS, WEEDS Tags: , , ,

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