Ehrharta erecta

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Ehrharta erecta
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Tribe: Ehrharteae
Genus: Ehrharta
Species: E. erecta
Binomial name
Ehrharta erecta

Ehrharta erecta is a species of grass commonly known as panic veldtgrass. The species is native to Southern Africa and Yemen. It is a documented invasive species in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, southern Europe, and China.[1]

The species is perennial, and normally grows to about 30 to 50 centimeters, although it may reach two meters in height. It will grow in a wide variety of habitats, even in shade.[2]

The species has been used for birdseed, and in ecological restoration such as dune stabilization. However, it has become an invasive weed in many parts of the world. Flowering and seeding throughout the year, its seeds germinate rapidly, forming new plants in only a few weeks.[1][3][4]


First recorded in Ireland in 2017,however there are earlier records from Great Britain.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Ehrharta erecta (panic veldtgrass)". Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  2. ^ "Ehrharta erecta". International Environmental Weed Foundation. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  3. ^ "Panic Veldt Grass". Sydney Weeds Committees. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  4. ^ "Weed of the month archive". ANGAIR. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  5. ^ Nash, D. 2018 Panic Velt Grass (Ehrharta erects L.) a grass new to Ireland. Irish Naturalists' Journal 36(1) p.30- 31

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