Urochloa maxima (Jacq.) R. Webster

Guinea Grass

Synonym: Panicum maximum Jacq.

Natural range: Africa, widely naturalized in tropical and subtropical regions

Habitat: Disturbed sites, sometimes forming dense stands

Florida status: Invasive exotic weed, very common and aggressive, one of the most abundant and conspicuous large grasses in our area; found in every weedy location

Recognition: Although may be as small as 0.5 m tall, may grow to over 3 m tall. One of the largest uncultivated grasses in our area. Panicle with the main branches whorled. Fertile lemma white, with strong horizontal wrinkles.

Notes: Important pasture grass in tropical regions