Can you tell us what grass this is, growing at Bamganie, not far from the Leigh River? M.C., Meredith.
The twisted remains of the leaves indicate this is one of the spear-grasses, probably the fibrous spear-grass (Austrostipa semibarbata), one of several native spear-grasses.
It grows to about one metre tall and in early summer produces a rather decorative, dense 20-centimetre seed-head. The sharp-pointed seeds give the group the name of spear-grasses and the leaves twist and tangle at the end of their growing season.
While many of the exotic grasses – cocksfoot, phalaris, fog grass - are now growing rapidly, many of the natives - spear-grasses, wallaby-grasses, tussock-grasses - are just starting to put out their new leaf growth. Kangaroo grass is a summer-growing grass.
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