Panicum maximum Jacq.
Guinea grass
Poaceae

This coarse, perennial grass reaches heights of more than 2 m. It has a strong allelopathic activity (Chou and Young 1975). The seeds are dispersed by wind, and it can survive long periods of drought. Fire will sweep through stands of this grass but it regenerates rapidly from underground rhizomes. It has not been evaluated for biological control.

It grows in dry areas between sea level and 1,200 m on all major islands.


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