Incursion advice: African lovegrass (April 2015) Biosecurity Tasmania has identified African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) on roadsides in and around Hobart, and on the East Coast. It is a Zone A weed under the Weed Management Act 1999 and requires eradication statewide.
African lovegrass is a densely-tufted, perennial (long-lived) grass that can grow up to 120 cm tall. It can germinate at any time of the year but typically germinates in autumn or spring. It prefers disturbed sites on roadsides, riverbanks and waste places, from which it can rapidly spread over degraded pastures and native grasslands. African lovegrass can be easily confused with other tussock-like grasses such as Poa species.
African lovegrass is regarded as a serious threat to the Tasmanian environment. Biosecurity Tasmania is working with roadside managers from the Department of State Growth to eradicate the infestations.
The community is asked to be vigilant and be on the lookout for African lovegrass. If you see what might be African lovegrass, please take a photograph, record the location and details of the suspect plants, and contact Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777.
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