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Pennisetum clandestinum (Kikuyugrass)

Pennisetum clandestinum
Pennisetum clandestinum
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Pennisetum clandestinum (kikuyugrass) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) that prefers disturbed areas, such as roadsides, urban areas, cropland, turf, forested sites and wetland areas. Kikuyugrass reproduces from seed and vegetatively, using its extensive system of creeping stolons and rhizomes. Kikuyugrass populations can be controlled by hand removal if detected early. Agricultural and landscape maintenance equipment should be cleaned after use in areas with kikuyugrass infestations in order to prevent the spread of rhizome and stolon fragments.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources on Pennisetum clandestinum

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • Albert, M. E. (1995). Portrait of an invader II: The ecology and management of Carpobrotus edulis. CalEPPC News. 3: 4-6.
  • Sigg, J. (2003). Oxalis pes-caprae. CalEPPC News. 11: 8-9.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Wong, F. P., K. A. d. l. Cerda, et al. (2007). Gray leaf spot of kikuyugrass: An invasive pest of an invasive pest. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2007. San Diego, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
  • Knapp, J. (2004). A gardenerís dream, a land managerís nightmare: The spread of horticultural invasive plants into the wildlands of Santa Catalina Island. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.

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