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spear grass

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

spear grass

n
1. (Plants) another name for wild Spaniard
2. (Botany) any of various native Australian grasses, esp of the genera Stipa or Heteropogon, with sharp-pointed seeds
3. (Botany) any of various grasses with sharp stiff blades or seeds
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Eco-friendly methods of spear grass (Imperatacylindrica L.) control in the derived savanna zone of Nigeria.
that beneath them we're pure parasite feasting on spear grass roots.
In short, a great deal of Canada rye has been sown in the past 10 to 20 years, and it's living on to threaten our hunting dogs, in addition to the "weed species" .such as foxtail barley, cheat grass, and spear grass.
Pits were lined with dry spear grass (Imperata cylindrica) before sweet potato roots were placed there [7].
A startled pack of dingoes bolts for cover in the barren wastes, kangaroos remain stockstill among the giant spear grass. Untroubled by 60,000 ferral camels multiplied from the abandoned originals, we see brahman cattle grazing the scorched scrub far from invisible farmsteads of a million hectares, the longest wire fences in the world a clue to ownership.
Cactus is often found growing amongst prairie grasses such as Spear Grass (Stipa comata Trim & Rupr.) and Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis (HBK.) lag.).
Other grasses were the most abundant herbaceous material (35%) including winter grass, spear grass, oldfield threeawn, love grass, ovalleaf sedge (Carex cephalophora), arrowfeather, starved rosette grass, and hairy gramagrass (Bouteloua hirsuta).
They have not suffered to any great extent from wolves and not at all from disease, while although the spear grass gets into the wool it does not seem to injure the sheep.
TROPICAL savanna grasses such as black spear grass (Heteropogon contortis), kangaroo grass (Therneda triandra) and golden beard grass (Chrysopogon fallax), have a different way of fixing C[O.sub.2] than trees and temperate grasses.
Margaret's abandoned garden "offers to the wind / A cold bare wall whose earthy top is tricked / With weeds and the rank spear grass" (160-62), a passage we later come to associate with "the trick of grief" her babe catches from its mother among the same walls (449).
This was one of the most successful legumes planted in the southern and northern spear grass regions between Mt Burnett and Cape York, due its tolerance of grazing and low phosphorous soils.