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Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum)

Potential Distribution

Scientific name:Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. Ex Chiov.

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Not declared noxious in Victoria.


Prefers sandy soils of lowland areas, and has failed to thrive in very heavy soils, dry areas and cooler montane zones (Walsh and Entwisle 1994). Widely used as a pasture and lawn species (Muyt 2001). Kikuyu invades dry coastal vegetation, heathland and heathy woodland, lowland grassland and grassy woodland, dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, and riparian vegetation (Carr
et al 1992).

Photo: Kikuyu Grass plant
Kikuyu grass
Photo: Mark Imhof
Photo: Kikuyu Grass infestation
Kikuyu grass infestation
Photo: Mark Imhof
Photo: Kikuyu Grass plant
Kikuyu plant
Photo: Mark Imhof
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