Alternative common names:
Blue grass, Giant paspalum, Golden-top grass, and Paspalum
Tussock paspalum is a coarse perennial grass, 2 m high, growing in large bluish-green bunches. Rhizome short, stem compact. Leaves with longitudinal prominence on the back, 15-40 cm long and 5-8 cm wide. Flowers in clusters of 40, rust coloured, 12-30 cm long. Flowers and seeds produced twice a year.
Where does this species come from?Uruguay, Argentina and Southern Brazil
What is its invasive status in South Africa?NEMBA Category 1a.
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu Natal
How does it spread?Spreads rapidly through rhizomes and seeds.
Why is it a problem?
Tussock paspalum is an aggressive grass which forms extremely dense infestations. Rhizomes spread horizontally and send up suckers, which form a large dense clump, thus outcompeting native plants. Invades river banks, lake shores, roadsides, valleys and agricultural plantations.
What does it look like?
Leaves: Leaves with longitudinal prominence on the back, 15-40 cm long and 5-8 cm wide
Flowers: Flowers in clusters of 40, rust coloured, 12-30 cm long.
Fruit/seeds: Seeds produced twice a year.
Does the plant have any uses?
Introduced in South Africa as an ornamental and horticultural grass.