Paragrass is an exotic grass species that generally occurs in wet areas. In very low lying areas, hymenachne generally out competes paragrass.
- Perennial grass grows up to 1m high.
- Creeping, prostrate growth habit.
- Stems are hollow and robust.
- Stems stand erect towards the ends and sprout new roots wherever the nodes touch the ground.
- Leaf blades are hairy, dark green, usually up to 15cm long and less than 1cm wide and taper to a long, fine point.
- Flower heads are up to 18cm long and made up of several spikes, each about 5cm long.
- Seeds cluster thickly along each spike.
Not a declared species under Queensland legislation but may be declared under local government law.
How to act
Physical control - Grazing para grass prevents it dominating other vegetation.
Herbicide control - Herbicides are effective.
See the para grass fact sheet (DAFF) for herbicide control and application rates.
Refer to Weed Control Methods.
Paragrass with Hymenachne in the background © OceanWatch Australia 2009
Paragrass © OceanWatch Australia 2009