Title: Hunt on in Queensland for pest mexican feather grass

[ABC News 09 Nov 2010] -- Biosecurity Queensland is calling for residents in the southern half of the state to be on the lookout for mexican feather grass. It is two years since the grass was accidentally introduced into Queensland labelled as another plant. Many of the plants have been found and destroyed but the remaining plants are believed to be in an area from Longreach in Queensland's west, to Mackay in the state's north, and south to the border.

Biosecurity Queensland spokesman Clyde McGaw says the grass has the potential to devastate the state's grazing industry. "Because it's such a prodigious seeder it can take over areas and the grass it self has a fairly low nutritional value to stock," he said. "Spring and summer is the most critical time for identifying mexican feather grass. "It's the time of year when it produces seed head and that's one of the most distinguishing factors. "We ask people to keep a look out for grasses that have a seed head that's quite different."

The grass grows to about 70 centimetres and has straw coloured heads that can contain up to 7,000 seeds each.

Anyone finding the plant is urged to contact Biosecurity Queensland.

From http://www.abc.net.au, see original source.

Article: WeedsNews1301 (permalink)
Date: November 9, 2010; 10:48:17 AM EST
Author Name: David Low
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