Para grass

Quick Facts

Scientific nameUrochloa mutica
OriginAfrica
IntroductionLate 1800s, forage grass
Aquatic communityEmergent grass
HabitatWet soils, shorelines, floating mats
DistributionCentral and South Florida
Management effortComplaint management
2013 public waters / plant acres:190 / 991

Environmental and Economic Concerns

  • Sprawling grass up to 15 feet long that forms dense tufts on shorelines
  • Provides little wildlife value and crowds out native plants
  • Mats can break loose forming floating islands
  • Considered one of the world’s worst weeds
Urochloa mutica
Urochloa mutica
Urochloa mutica
Urochloa mutica

Management Options

 
BiologicalNone available
ChemicalGlyphosate
MechanicalMowing; harvest or shred floating mats
PhysicalDrawdown, desiccation, and burning

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Status of the Aquatic Plant Maintenance Program in Florida Public Waters, Annual Report – Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

Last updated: 30 June 2014