Plants of the Castlemaine District

Bristles at base of the spiklelets

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*Pennisetum clandestinum Kikuyu

Vigorously spreading lawn grass. Flowers almost or totally hidden by the leaf sheaths.
*Pennisetum macrourum
African Feather-grass
feather grass

Tall grass to 1.5m. Bristles 10-15mm long. Spikelets falling from immediately below the bristles.
*Pennisetum villosum

Medium grass to 0.5m. Bristles 20-35mm long. Spikelets falling with 2-4mm of flower stalk attached.
*Setaria verticillata
Whorled Pigeon-grass
pigeon grass

Very common summer grass with bright green flower clusters. Flower clusters over 1cm wide.
*Setaria gracilis
Slender Pigeon-grass

Narrow cylindrical flower cluster about 5mm wide. Uncommon. Flowers almost or totally hidden by the leaf sheaths.
Phragmites australis
Common Reed
common reed

Tall grass (over head height), growing in water, often with Cumbungi. Large feathery flower sprays. Common.