Kangaroo Grass, Themeda Grassland.
Themeda triandra, Themeda australis.
Up to 1.2m.
Presence in Australia
Widespread throughout region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, NT, WA.
Various habitats including moist, well-drained soils.
Tufted perennial deep-rooted grass to 1.2m high. Often tinted red.
Tolerates drought. Low to moderate frost tolerance.
Does not persist under heavy grazing or increased soil fertility.
Summer, when seedheads dark and seed, dark red-brown. Seeds ripe if they release with very gentle pressure when awn pulled.
From seed, stored 6-11 months to overcome dormancy. Also by division in spring, when plants growing after winter dormancy.
Moderate forage. Excellent habitat. Seeds important food for finches and parrots. Cover for skinks, legless lizards, frogs, native insects and mammals. Attracts butterfly caterpillars.
Very attractive ornamental for rockeries and native landscapes. Plant in groups for best effect. Rejuvenate old tussocks by severe pruning or burning, followed by heavy watering to encourage growth.
Useful "green pick" during summer after rain. Plants burnt in spring green over summer and are a low fire hazard. Seed can be ground and baked.