An ornamental grass that can dominate natural areas and become a significant fire hazard. There are no records of naturalization in Hawaiʻi, to date. This is an ornamental grass that should be avoided at all costs.
Description and Dispersal:
- Small-sized clumping grass, reaching up to 2.5 ft tall
- The green leaves are long and tightly rolled like wire
- The golden brown flower cluster are 2 ft tall and stretch above the leaves
- Present on Maui; native to Central America
- Spread by seeds, commonly by seeds attaching to clothing, machinery, and livestock