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Mossman River Grass

Mossman River Grass – Cenchrus echinatus


Habit: Annual grass to 60cm high.

Spread: Spiky seeds attach to almost everything – ouch!

Cenchrus echinatus (Photo: RG&FJ Richardson)

Mossman river grass is generally first noticed when you look down and see all the seeds stuck to your pants or socks. It is very similar to Gallons curse but a little less spiky. It is predominately found in the West and Central Kimberley, though it has even been found in camping spots along the Canning Stock Route in the Great Sandy Desert! Because of it’s spiky seeds, it attaches easily to people, animals, swags, tents and anything else you may cart with you. If you are in infested areas, best to clean yourself off before getting into your car and driving the seeds elsewhere.

(Photo: RG&FJ Richardson)

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Close up of the seeds.

(Photo: Colin Wilson)

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