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.
Terrestrial. A plant of coastal and lowland habitats (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). Plant grows in sites of low fertility (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). A plant of sand dunes, cliffs and bluff communities (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995).
Slender, tufted perennial grass to 60 cm tall. Leaves pale green, soft, broad, shortly hairy, often dying back in summer drought. Sheaths short. Seedhead an open, erect, 10-40 cm long, ragged panicle of narrow spikes.
Most similar to E. longiflora, but the upper lemma of E. erecta is hairless, wrinkled and has no awn.
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Perennial. Vegetative reproduction occurs and seed is produced in large quantities all year round (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). Seed dispersal is by wind, water and bird.
Reason for introduction
The plant is drought and shade tolerant and very tolerant to shade (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). Requires low soil fertility (Atkinson 1997).
References and further reading
Ogle, C.C. 1988. Veld grass Ehrharta erecta has come to stay. Wellington Botanical Society Bulletin, 44: 8-15