Taxon  Report   6132    
Pennisetum clandestinum  Chiov.
Kikuyu grass,  Kikuyugrass
Pennisetum clandestinum
© 2009 Zoya Akulova
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Pennisetum clandestinum
© 2009 Barry Rice
Pennisetum clandestinum
© 2009 Zoya Akulova
Pennisetum clandestinum, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

Pennisetum clandestinum is classified by the U.S. Federal Government as a NOXIOUS WEED. [USDA 2000]

Interactive Distribution Map

Observation Hotline
(observation details)

point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Pennisetum clandestinum
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Pennisetum
Communities: agricultural weed, weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cenchrus clandestinus
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 18, 2019).