Notes on the biology and ecology of Tribolium uniolae (L.f.) Renvoizeand its spread in south-western Australia

Kate BrownA and Kris BrooksB

A Department of Conservation and Land Management, P.O Box 1167, Bentley Delivery Centre, Western Australia 6983, Australia.

B Charles Darwin University, Building 42, Casuarina Campus, Casuarina, Northern Territory 0909, Australia.


Tribolium uniolae, an introduced South African perennial grass, is likely to have been introduced into south-west Western Australia in the 1940s. In recent decades this species has started to invade shrublands and woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain around Perth, Western Australia. A study on possible control methods over the last three years has revealed information on biology, ecology and ecological impacts of this invasive and potentially wide spread weed. This note summarizes what is known about biology and ecology of T. uniolae, discusses its potential spread and impacts on bushland in south-western Australia and discusses control measures.


Plant Protection Quarterly (2005) 20 (2) 58-60.