Paspalum dilatatum

Paspalum dilatatum

Other common names:

Paspalum, caterpillar grass, millet grass, Dallis grass, hairy flowered paspalum, large watergrass and Leichhardt grass.



Perennial weed • Dull green coarse leaves, rolled in bud • Membranous ligule • Deep drought-tolerant fibrous roots • Short woody stolons and rhizomes • Flattened tuft of leaves that survives mowing • Hairy disc-like seeds (sticky) which can spread by mowers • Tolerates sun to partial shade • Tolerates close mowing, e.g. 30 mm and can grow naturally up to 1 m or even 1.5m Grows on clay to loam soils, preferring moist fertile situations.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Routine mowing in between spraying or physical removal to reduce the chance of flower and seedhead development.



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