Cenchrus setaceus

Family Poaceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesAfrican Fountain Grass, Fountain Grass, Tender Fountain Grass
SynonymsPennisetum alopecuroides (L.) Spreng.; Pennisetum orientale Rich.:; Pennisetum setaceum (Forssk.) Chiov.; Phalaris setacea Forssk.
Growth formGraminoid
Seed dispersal morphologyAdhesive (burrs, sticky, awns, hairs etc)
Maximum height (m)1
Capable of vegetative reproductionYes
Native rangeAfrica, western Asia
Exotic range (Australia)NSW, NT, QLD, SA, VIC, WA
Exotic range (other)Southern Africa, North America, Oceania, Atlantic Ocean Islands, Pacific Ocean Islands
Habitat types (exotic)Coastal vegetation/sand dunes, Disturbed areas (including trails), Desert, Grasslands, Roadsides, Scrublands/shrublands, Urban areas, gardens and parks, Woodlands
Soil type (exotic)Information unavailable
Decade of introduction1900

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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