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Andropogon gayanus

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Andropogon gayanus (gamba grass, Rhodesian bluegrass, tambuki grass)[1] is a species of grass native to most of the tropical and sub-tropical savannas of Africa.[2]

Andropogon gayanus
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Scientific classification
A. gayanus
Binomial name
Andropogon gayanus



This tufting perennial bunchgrass can grow 4 metres (13 ft) tall and 70 centimetres (2.3 ft) in diameter.


Gamba grass has been declared a noxious species in Australia, where it forms dense patches, out-competing native species and altering ecosystems. Areas of dense infestation have a significantly higher fire risk than native pastures.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Andropogon gayanus". Tropical Forages. Archived from the original on 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  2. ^ Bowden, B.N. (July 1964). "Studies on Andropogon gayanus Kunth: III. An outline of its biology". Journal of Ecology. 52 (2): 255–271. doi:10.2307/2257594. JSTOR 2257594.
  3. ^ "Gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus)". A–Z listing of weeds: Photo guide to weeds. Queensland Department of Primary Industries.
  4. ^ Lesley Head, Jennifer Atchison. 2015. Governing invasive plants: Policy and practice in managing the Gambagrass (Andropogon gayanus) – Bushfire nexus in northern Australia. Land Use Policy 47: 225–234

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