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Ehrharta erecta (erect veldtgrass)

Ehrharta erecta
Ehrharta erecta
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Ehrharta erecta (erect veldtgrass) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) found along California’s coastline and in the southern Sacramento Valley. Erect veldtgrass is commonly found in disturbed areas, including riparian areas, scrub, grassland, woodland, urban areas and turf. This native to South Africa was cultivated in Berkeley and Davis in the mid-1900s as an experimental grass. It spreads rapidly and is known to out-compete native grasses and herbs. Erect veldtgrass causes more litter accumulation than native grasses and herbs do, which further inhibits native plant growth.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Moderate

Cal-IPC Resources on Ehrharta erecta

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • Brey, C. (1996). What? Another Ehrharta? Oh, no! CalEPPC News. 4: 4-5.
  • Sigg, J. (1996). Ehrharta erecta: Sneak attack in the making? CalEPPC News. 4: 8-9.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Clines, J., J. DiTomaso, et al. (2004). Grasses working group. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.
  • Gluesenkamp, D. (2003). Marin-Sonoma Weed Management Area: Putting the ‘we’ in weed management. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • Sanders, A. C. (1998). Invasive exotics in California: A perspective from inland Southern California. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '98. Ontario, CA.

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