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  • HPRWA SCORE 24
  • FAMILY Poaceae
  • CATEGORY Grasses & Groundcovers

feathertop fountain grass (Pennisetum villosum)

Poses a major fire threat to many of Hawai`i's natural and developed areas.

  • Medium-sized clumping grass, grows up to 3 ft tall
  • The leaf-blades are flat and light-green
  • The feathery seed-heads are white and 2-5 in long
  • Introduced to Big Island; native to Africa and Arabia
  • Seeds spread far by the wind

Harm

  • Fire-promoting grass that recovers quickly after fire
  • Forms dense clumps that will dominate an infested areas
  • Not a good pasture grass, it degrades the quality of pasture lands

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