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Ehrharta erecta Lam.
Panic Veldt Grass

Encycl. 2:347 (1786)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Caespitose perennial, grass-like or herb, 0.45 m high. Fl. green/purple, Sep to Nov. Grey sand, loam.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 8 November 1993


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Katanning, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Busselton, Donnybrook-Balingup, Kojonup, Nannup, Northam, South Perth.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Ehrharta, Lamarck's Ehrharta.

General Biology. Growth form. Grass. Life form. Perennial, caespitose/shortly rhizomatous. Reproduction. Seed, short rhizome. Dispersal. Water, wind, birds, slashing/mowing. Photosynthetic Pathway. C3. Seedbank persistence. Possibly short, 1 year. Fire response. Resprouts, enhances seed production and germination.

Notes. Can rapidly spread and mature. Capable of outcompeting native grasses and herbs. Accumulates large amounts of litter beneath plants, which has been identified as one of the mechanisms of competitive exclusion. Dominates ground and understorey layers. Thrives in sun or heavy shade. Tends to prefer moist, shady sites, having a high level of shade tolerance. Sets prolific seed over an extended period. Formation of seed occurs rapidly, within several weeks of flowering. Mowing aids establishment.

Additional information. Origin. Africa, temperate Asia. Similar native species. Microlaena stipoides.

Suggested method of management and control. Cut out small populations, removing all rhizomes. Alternatively spray with Fusilade® Forte 30 ml/10 L or 1.6 L/ha (based on 500 L water/ha) +vwetting agent or for generic fluazifop-p (212g/L active ingredient) 18ml/10L or 1L/ha + wetting agent on actively growing and unstressed plants. Use unplanned fires to spray regrowth and seedlings within 4-6 weeks of germination. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Active Growth         Y Y Y Y Y Y     Slows in hot conditions
Germination       Y Y Y Y Y          
Flowering Y O O O O O O Y Y Y Y Y Can flower throughout year
Fruiting O O O O O O O O Y Y Y O  
Optimum Treatment         O Y Y Y Y Y Y    

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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