Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


F. E. Ryan


Grasses identification, Ehrharta villosa

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From time to time inquiries are received for identification of grass which is found growing near the sea shore. This grass is known as pyp grass (Ehrharta villosa) and is related botanically to veldt grass which is so familiar to visitors to King's Park. It does not resemble veldt grass in its habit of growth and the relationship is mainly in the nature of the seed-head. Unlike veldt grass it spreads by means of underground rhizomes which may stretch for 15 to 20 ft. from the parent plant under suitable conditions. From these rhizomes new shoots occur at 12 to 18 inch spaces along the rhizome and give rise to new plants.