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Crested dogstail
(Cynosurus cristatus)


A Perennial grass found on soils of moderate to low fertility, especially older sheep pastures.

Vegetative identification

  • Tends to have more leaves per tiller and fewer tillers per plant than ryegrass;
  • tiller base a yellow-brown or cream colour, not red as in ryegrass;
  • leaf blades join pseudostem at an angle near 90 degrees;
  • collar region has a yellow-coloured thickening with no auricles;
  • leaf blades shiny below, emerald green in colour, at times with a bluish tinge, ribbed.
  • Distinctive seed-head with spikelets in two close-packed vertical rows, on the same side of the stem.

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