Creeping Bristle Grass

Latin Name

Setaria sphacelata var. torta


It is a palatable grass that is well grazed. It produces a relatively low leaf yield, however. The rhizomes make creeping bristle grass an excellent grass to protect disturbed soil, on which it often grows, from soil erosion.


The Creeping Bristle Grass grows up to a height of 0,5 m and is short, perennial creeping, or sometimes a tufted, grass. Rhizomes are short. Leaves are mostly concentrated at the base.


Granitic, well-drained soils; important in soil conservation as it forms runners which bind the soil. It occurs throughout tropical Africa.


September - March

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