Kangaroo Grass seed head

Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra)

A new neighbour interested in native grasses, a walk with a good friend through her grassland property, and visits from the Trust For Nature have all combined in the last month or so to spur me to look at our grasses. So, I’m beginning with Kangaroo Grass.

While it is not the dominant grass on our property, there are a few pockets of Kangaroo Grass, including some close to the house. I’m just learning to identify grasses and I confess this is one of the easier ones for me to learn. According to the Flora of Victoria website, only one species of Kangaroo Grass grows in our area, and it has quite a distinctive look. The photograph shows the form of the seed head, with purplish and green colours.

Hopefully we can expand the presence of the native Kangaroo Grass and reduce the presence of the exotic Sweet Vernal Grass, which had a bumper season over summer with the La Niña wet weeks.

2 thoughts on “Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra)

  1. Lisa my property has been lush with grasses and also Sun Orchids this year. I too have taken to trying to ID them along with the incredible number of mosses and fungi as well after a wet year.
    I was able to get my long term project of the Native Flora and Orchids of The Gurdies printed again just before Christmas.
    Sadly the website I use was taken down on 16th Dec so I will need to totally recreated it when I find more species SIGH!

    1. Hi Margaret,
      Thanks for telling me about your project. Its great you were able to get the guide published in 2020. These localised guides are so valuable. I applaud you for the work you have done on this – I know how time consuming it is and how much dedication you need. So sorry the website you use was taken down. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Lisa 🙂

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