Brown-top bent (Agrostis capillaris)

Also known as: browntop bent, brown top bent

Brown-top bent is an invasive perennial grass introduced as a turf species, and now considered an environmental weed in parts of southern Australia.


How does this weed affect you?

Brown-top bent is a perennial grass that is native to northern Africa, the Canary Islands, Europe and parts of western and central Asia. It has been widely grown as a turf species in southern Australia, and is now considered an environmental weed in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, as well as an invasive weed of pastures and disturbed areas.

Where is it found?

In New South Wales, it competes with native species in bog and fern communities of montane peatlands and swamps, and is common in disturbed areas in the sub-alpine and alpine areas of Kosciuszko National Park. It also has the ability to invade dry coastal vegetation, heathlands, grasslands, woodlands, sclerophyll forests, and riparian vegetation. 


Biosecurity Queensland (2016), Agrostis capillaris, Special edition of Environmental Weeds of Australia for Biosecurity Queensland.

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Herbicide options

Users of agricultural or veterinary chemical products must always read the label and any permit, before using the product, and strictly comply with the directions on the label and the conditions of any permit. Users are not absolved from compliance with the directions on the label or the conditions of the permit by reason of any statement made or not made in this information. To view permits or product labels go to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website

See Using herbicides for more information.

PERMIT 9907 Expires 31/03/2025
Glyphosate 360 g/L (Various products)
Rate: One part product to 50 parts water
Comments: Spot spray
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: 9 (previously group M), Inhibition of 5-enolpyruvyl shikimate-3 phosphate synthase (EPSP inhibition)
Resistance risk: Moderate

Propyzamide 500 g/L (Kerb)
Rate: 1.5 to 2.0 L per ha
Comments: Lucerne, clovers or medic pastures
Withholding period: Do not harvest or graze within 90 days after application of 4 L of Kerb SC herbicide /ha or 60 days after application of less than 4 L /ha.
Herbicide group: 3 (previously group D), Inhibitors of microtubule assembly
Resistance risk: Moderate

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All pest plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.

Reviewed 2018