Hyparrhenia hirta

Hyparrhenia hirta_Steve Matson
Photo by Steve Matson

Common names: Tambookie grass

Hyparrhenia hirta (Tambookie grass) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) that can grow to be more than 3 feet tall and grows tiny yellow flowers at its tip. It is found in the south coast ranges of California. It is native to Eurasia and Africa. It favors grasslands and scrub and chaparral habitat. It reproduces by seed. Animals, wind and water may disperse this plant short distances. It spreads more rapidly along roads than away from roads suggesting seeds are dispersed by vehicles.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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Other Hyparrhenia hirta Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.