African Lovegrass

African lovegrass seed head close up
    Generic Weed Distribution Map

What is African lovegrass?

(Eragrostis curvula)
  • African lovegrass is a pasture weed, native to South Africa.
  • African lovegrass is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of African lovegrass are prohibited in Tasmania.

How to identify African lovegrass

  • African lovegrass is a densely tufted, perennial (long-lived) grass growing from 30 to 120 cm high. The leaves are dark green to blue-green, narrow, and 25 to 35 cm long. The flowering stems rise above the tufted leaves and carry a loose fanlike grey-green flower-head.
  • Seeds germinate in spring and autumn. Growth slows or ceases in winter and plants resprout the following spring as temperatures rise. Flowering begins in early summer and ripe seeds are present from January to March.

African lovegrass in Tasmania

  • The distribution of African lovegrass in Tasmania is limited, populations have been recorded along the Huon River at Franklin and near the Hobart airport (see map).
  • African lovegrass prefers disturbed soils on roadsides, riverbanks and waste places, from which it can invade adjacent degraded pastures and native grasslands. African lovegrass is generally unpalatable, produces copious seed, and can rapidly spread over and dominate degraded pastures.

Heavy African lovegrass infestationMature African lovegrass

Image top right: African lovegrass - mature plant with seed, copyright: Natural Resources & Mines, Queensland
Image above right: African lovegrass - heavy paddock infestation. Photo: M Campbell NSW Department of Primary industries.
Image above left: African lovegrass mature plant with seed head. Photo: United States Department of Agriculture.

What is the legal status of African lovegrass in your area?

Detailed management and control guidelines for African lovegrass can be found in the African Lovegrass Control Guide. Refer also to Herbicides for African Lovegrass Control. For more information see DPIPWE's Weed Links and Resources.

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