Chloris barbata, also known as Finger Grass, is an environmental weed grass and found in the Northern Territory, northern Western Australia, central and northern Queensland. Found growing in degraded land and coastal sites, as well as along roadsides, footpaths and in pastures. From these areas it will spread into natural habitats, where it will out-compete native species.

This species is tolerant of high salt concentrations. When the grass is still young, it is favoured by cattle.

Previously treated as Chloris inflata in NT, SA and QLD. The correct name for the taxon in Australia is unclear (for more information see Atlas of Living Australia – Chloris barbata).

Common name
Finger Grass, Swollen Fingergrass, Purpletop Chloris, Rhodes Grass, Windmill Grass and Purpletop Rhodes Grass.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Monocots
  • Clade: Commelinids
  • Order: Poales
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Subfamily: Chloridoideae
  • Tribe: Cynodonteae
  • Subtribe: Eleusininae
  • Genus: Chloris
  • Species: C. barbata
    • formerly C. inflata
  • Binomial name: Chloris barbata

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