Curly Mitchell Grass

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Additional Grass Information

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Astrebla lappacea

SOILS

Mitchell grass grows on floodplains with self-mulching clay soils. It also grows on the brown and grey clay cracking soils as well as red alkaline clays. It is sometimes found on desert loams.

TOLERANCES

  • Drought resistant – Mitchell grass has shallow surface roots which can take advantage of light showers of rain, as well as deeper vertical roots to access moisture in the subsoil.
  • Low tolerance to long-term flooding
  • Dislikes competition from weeds or other species
  • Very high heat tolerance

Distribution Map

Mitchell grass

Curly Mitchell grass is found in those parts of the arid and semi-arid areas of inland Australia which receive an annual rainfall of between 250 to 550 mm. It occurs naturally in the downs and rangelands in northwestern NSW and in NT, SA, WA and north and west Queensland. Broken Hill and Dubbo are its most southerly limits. It is commonly found on the floodplains of the upper Darling River and its tributaries. Many areas of natural Mitchell grass pasture have been degraded because of overgrazing, trampling, fire or clearing for cereal production.

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