Ventenata dubia

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Photo: Steve Matson

Common names: North Africa grass

Ventenata dubia (North Africa grass) is an annual grass (family Poaceae) that can grow to be more than 1 foot tall and is found in the coastal and inland ranges of northern California. It is native to central and southern Europe. It occurs in grasslands. It reproduces via seed. The long awns attach to humans, animals and machinery.

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

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Ventenata dubia Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • 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.
  • Additional photos

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    Ventenata dubia (North Africa grass) leaf blade and sheath. Photo: Zoya Akulova
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    Ventenata dubia (North Africa grass) inflorescence. Photo: Zoya Akulova
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    Ventenata dubia (North Africa grass) spikelets. Photo: Zoya Akulova
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    Ventenata dubia (North Africa grass) stem node. Photo: Zoya Akulova