Vascular – Exotic
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Erect, coarse, brownish, tufted perennial 30-100 cm tall. Roots densely fibrous. Stems solid, slender to stout, slightly flattened, several per tuft, upper part branched. Leaves green or bluish-green, narrow, 15-30 cm long, flat or folded, hairy near base above and on ligule. Sheaths compressed, keeled, enfolding each other. Seedhead long and narrow, with paired racemes of 2-4 clusters, each 10-45 mm long with prominent tufts of white hairs enclosed by reddish-brown leaves. Seed 3 mm long, brown, bearded.
The solid stems and long narrow seedhead make broomsedge distinctive in New Zealand.
North and Central America, West Indies
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Seeds about 3mm long, brown bearded (Wax, Fawcett, Isley eds. 1981).