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Mission grass (469) Print Fact Sheet

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Common Name

Mission grass; it is also known as perennial mission grass, blue buffel grass, elephant grass.

Scientific Name

Cenchrus polystachios. It was previous known as Pennisetum polystachion. Cenchrus polystachios is similar to Cenchrus pedicellatus which is an annual. Both are members of the Poaceae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson, Aradhana Deesh & Mani Mua
Adapted from Cenchrus polystachios (L.) Morrone (2016) Weeds of Australia. Biosecurity Queensland Edition. Queensland Government, Identic, Lucid. (; and additional information from CABI (2019) Pennisetum polystachion (mission grass). Invasive Species Compendium. (; and Mission grass (2020) NT.GOV.AU. (; and Elephant grass Pennisetum purpureum (2020) The State of Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Queensland Government. (; and from Mission grass, perennial Cenchrus polystachios. Northern Territory Government. ( Photos 1,2,4,5 Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Photo 7 Julia Scher, Federal Noxious Weeds Disseminules, USDA APHIS PPQ,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland, in association with the Pacific Community and Koronivia Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.

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