The early history of Smuts finger grass and research on it in the Highveld Region is described. The value of Smuts finger grass as a pasture was first realised in the early twenties. During the thirties, research was aimed mainly at nursery evaluation work. During World War II research was discontinued for a period, but resumed on Rietondale, Rhoodeplaat in the Natal and Highveld Regions from 1950 onwards.
Keywords: grass species|histories|highveld grasslands|pastures|research|KwaZulu Natal Province|Highveld|finger grass|seed quality|germination|experiments|agriculture|Potchefstroom