Other common names:
Kuri millet (Zimbabwe) and garden urochloa (South Africa).
An annual tufted weed that can grow up to 100 cm tall. The weed has been used for grazing and can therefore tolerate heavy routine mowing which promotes lateral growth and development. The leaves are very distinctive being usually loosely to densely hairy. The inflorescence can contain 2-7(-10) racemes which are 1-7cm long. The weed seeds heavily and spreads rapidly by seed.
Warm- and cool-season turfgrasses.
Optimum temperature for growth is between 25 and 40 degrees Celsius; min temp is about 15 degrees Celsius. It is susceptible to frost. The weed can be found growing in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales (AusGrass, 2011), with the eastern coast being more dominant. Seed can germinate at 20 degrees Celsius; it germinates in spring and early summer and often dies out in autumn (Skerman and Riveros, 1990).
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