Scale bar is 1cm
Feathertop - introduced (*Pennistem villosum)
Native to Africa. Perennial. C4.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Other names. Long-style Feather-grass.
- it is a low-growing grass
- the flowers are in a dense spike-like cluster
- the 1st glume is absent or up to a third of the lemma length
- the 1st lemma is sterile (does not produce seed), and the 2nd lemma is fertile
- numerous feathery bristles (to twice the length of the spikelets) rise from just below the bottom of the lemmas
- the leaves are folded or rolled
- the ligule is a row of hairs 1-3mm long.
The bristly white flower clusters are distinctive.
Sometimes grown as an ornamental grass. Most occurrences are on nature strips or similar places.
Photos 1: A spikelet with bristles. 2: Flower spray (a dense contracted panicle). 3: In a nature strip. Castlemaine. 4. Flower spray with anthers.