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stems and leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of stems and bases of leaf blades (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
seed-heads (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
young seed-head (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of seed-head (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Rostraria cristata (L.) Tzvelev
Festuca cristata L.Koeleria cristata Pers.Koeleria phleoides (Vill.) Pers.Lophochloa cristata (L.) Hyl.Lophochloa phleoides (Vill.) Reichenb.Trisetaria cristata (L.) Kerguelen
Gramineae (South Australia)Poaceae (Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory)
annual cat's tail, annual cat's-tail, annual catstail, annual junegrass, Mediterranean hairgrass
Native to southern Europe (i.e. France, Portugal, Spain, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia and southern Ukraine), the Azores, the Madeira Islands, the Canary Islands, northern Africa (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Ethiopia), western Asia and the Indian Sub-continent (i.e. north-western India and Pakistan).
Widely naturalised in southern, central and eastern Australia (i.e. in south-eastern Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, many parts of South Australia, the southern parts of the Northern Territory, and the southern and western parts of Western Australia). Also naturalised on Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.
This widespread introduced grass is a weed of disturbed sites, waste areas, roadsides, footpaths, parks, grasslands, open woodlands and coastal heathlands, particularly in the southern parts of Australia. It is regarded as an environmental weed in Western Australia and Victoria, and has also been recorded in natural vegetation in other states.
Fact sheets are available from Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) service centres and our Customer Service Centre (telephone 13 25 23). Check our website at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au to ensure you have the latest version of this fact sheet. The control methods referred to in this fact sheet should be used in accordance with the restrictions (federal and state legislation, and local government laws) directly or indirectly related to each control method. These restrictions may prevent the use of one or more of the methods referred to, depending on individual circumstances. While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information, DEEDI does not invite reliance upon it, nor accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused by actions based on it.
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