Polypogon maritimus Willd. Coast Beardgrass
Neue Schriften Ges.Naturf.Freunde Berlin 3:442-443 (1801)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Wednesday 3 May 2000

Erect or spreading annual, grass-like or herb, to 0.15 m high, inflorescence a dense, narrowly ovate to oblong panicle. Fl. green, Sep to Dec. Limestone. Coastal wetlands.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Geraldton Sandplains, Murchison, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Eastern Murchison, Lesueur Sandplain, Perth, Warren.

IMCRA Regions: Leeuwin-Naturaliste.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Cockburn, Coorow, Dandaragan, Leonora, Manjimup, Murray.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

Alternative Names. Mediterranean beard grass, Mediterranean rabbitsfoot grass.

General Biology. Growth form. Grass. Life form. Annual, caespitose. Reproduction. Seed. Photosynthetic Pathway. C3.

Notes. Naturalised in New Zealand and temperate America.

Additional information. Origin. Northern Africa, temperate Asia, Europe. Similar exotic species. Polypogon monspeliensis. Similar native species. P. tenellus.

Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray 1% glyphosate. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Flowering Y                 Y Y Y  
Fruiting           U           U  
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Germination           U U            
Herbicide Treatment           Y Y Y Y Y      

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



  • Brown, K. & Brooks, K. (2002) Bushland Weeds: A Practical Guide to their Management. Environmental Weeds Action Network, Greenwood.
  • Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. & Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western Weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia. 2nd Edition. The Plant Protection Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park.
  • Moore, C.B. & Moore, J.H. (2002) Herbiguide, the pesticide expert on a disk. Herbiguide, PO Box 44 Albany, Western Australia, 6330.
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program (2009) Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysimple.aspx - Accessed October 2009.

Project information and acknowledgements