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Mitchell grass, Curly
(Astrebla lappacea)

  • productive native grass
  • on deep cracking clays in arid zones
  • very grazing tolerant.

Curly Mitchell grass is a native clump species found on deep cracking black clay soils of arid open downs country in Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

It is drought-hardy, holding its leaf in winter, and it recovers well from grazing abuse, thanks to its exceptional root system.

Mixed seed of the Mitchell grasses, in which Curly Mitchell predominates, is sometimes on the market for revegetation of denuded western areas in the 330-550 mm rainfall belt.

Other mitchell grasses are hoop Mitchell (A. elymoides ), bull Mitchell (A. squarrosa) and barley Mitchell (A. pectinata).

Creator: Ian Partridge,
Date created: 14 April 1998  Revised: 15 January 2003

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