Tall, perennial, deciduous, rhizomatous reed < 4 m tall. Leaves are attached directly to the stalk and ligule hairs are present. Seed heads are feathery and golden brown.
To help protect our environment:
Estuaries, fresh to brackish wetlands, wet grassland.
Seeds dispersed by wind, unknown if seed viable in NZ. Vegetative spread from rhizomes and stem fragments.
Forms dense stands, outcompeting and dominating native plants. Potential to interfere with recreational activities on waterways. May impact the mauri of wai māori and whanga/harbours.
Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. Please report to Auckland Council.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.