EHRHARTA ERECTA


Common names: Ehrharta, Panic Veldt Grass
Description: A tussock forming, perennial grass. Stems ascending from a decumbent (laying flat on ground) base, 12 to 24 inches tall.
Flowers: 2-6 inches long, attached to the base with 3 florets per spikelet, lower two are sterile, upper is fertile. The sterile florets have no awns (hair/bristle-like structures.)
Leaves: Flat leaf blades 2 to 5 inches long, green.
Reproduction: Reproduces both sexually and vegetatively by means of underground shoots.
Flowering: December to April.
Habitat and Ecology: Introduced from southern Africa. Imported as seed from Australia, and has mainly spread by wind. Was brought in for erosion control.