Panicum effusum

Family Poaceae

Hairy Panic

Tufted perennial grass to 70 cm high. Longevity less than one year.

Flowers: Summer. Wind pollinated.

Fruit: Dry one-seeded, indehiscent. Inflorescence wind dispersed.

Seed: Fresh seed dormant. Seed reported to be eaten by brown quail Coturnix ypsilophora.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland and grassland habitat in full sun.
  • Occasional in woodland and grassland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Possible coloniser of disturbed sites.
  • Probably killed by fire.
  • C4 warm season metabolism.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Panicum effusum plant

Panicum effusum flower