Creeping Bristle Grass


Creeping bristle grass (Setaria sphacelata var. torta)


The creeping bristle grass is a palatable perennial. It reaches a length of 0.5 m, its leaves growing densely closer to the base. It is tufted, at times, and its rhizomes are short.


The rhizomes of the creeping bristle grass grow well on disturbed soils, protecting it from further erosion. This grass is popularly grazed, but does not grow many leaves.


This grass is common throughout the tropical regions of Africa. It grows in granitic and well-drained soils, and is an effective grass for soil conservation as it grows runners which holds the soil together.


In South Africa, the creeping bristle grass flowers from September to March.