Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Pennisetum setaceum (Forssk.) Chiov.
fountain grass
Invasive, Potential minor problem species
Origin: East and North Africa
Growth Form: Graminoid
Plant Description: Plant: Sparsely branching, tussock-forming perennial 0.2–1.0 m high with a feathery (bristly), spike-like inflorescence, the bristles long and detaching with the spikelets. Leaves: Up to 40 mm long x 3 mm wide, not rigid or ending in sharp points. Flowers: Inflorescence cylindrical, 100–250 mm long or more, usually purple or rose-coloured, bristles ± 20 mm long, January–May. Fruit: Seeds.
Key Features:
Control: industrial herbicides used on roadsides
Comments: Suspected/Possible
More information:
Weeds & Invasive Plants Home Page
NRCS Plants Database


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States. USDA Misc. Publ. No. 200. Washington, DC.

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