July – spiral Gamba grass leaf, [ Andropogon gayanus ], 56x40cm, oil on linen
Common name: Gamba grass. Family: Poaceae. Native to Africa. A perennial grass that forms thick tussocks up to 4 metres high. Originally introduced as a pasture species, but has spread from the rural regions into many ‘undeveloped’ areas of bushland, where it out-competes native grasses. Cattle prefer to eat it when young and green, tending to avoid it when mature. Creates a fire hazard, as it burns hotter than native grasses, damaging the environment. Seeds are spread by wind and water as well as by vehicles.