Plant ID forum: Help to identify a plant

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Bendigo, Victoria
Aug 18, 2017 5:35 AM CST
I'm curious to know what this specific brown sticky/spikey plant is as it gets stuck in pants, socks and shoes and is incredibly hard to get out, it's in the front yard grass of my house in Bendigo, Victoria-Australia. They look like long needles

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Name: Porkpal
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Aug 18, 2017 6:31 AM CST
I am not sure which sticky thing in the picture is the culprit. Could you take another photo with the plant in question isolated on a piece of paper?
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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Aug 18, 2017 4:10 PM CST


If it was growing in Nebraska, I'd say it is Bristlegrass (Setaria verticillata). Bristlegrass apparently occurs in Australia ( ) . However I don't know how prevalent it is there, or if there are other similar plants.

If it is Bristlegrass, it's an unpleasant weed to say the least.
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Aug 19, 2017 9:26 PM CST


My father was unable to suggest a name, but is familiar with it and said that it is invasive, especially in moist areas. You might need to spray it to kill it off.
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