Cymbopogon refractus. barbed wire grass

Family Poaceae
Description Clump forming perennial warm season grass to about 1m high in flower.
Flowering Time Summer-Autumn
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Florabank Profile
Vegetation Communities A range of Grassland, Woodland and Dry Sclerophyll Forest Communities
Soil Types Wide range of soil textures from sands to clays, most commonly on low-nutrient sites.
Values / Uses
Revegetation / Habitat Values Important understory component in Grassy Woodland Communities.
Amenity / Ornamental Values Similar in general appearance to kangaroo grass although the seed heads are more striking and interesting up close. Inflorescences on some forms are tall and arch over elegantly, turning a nice orange hue in Autumn. Also very long lived. Foliage has a pleasant lemony-resinous scent.
Other Values Very tolerant of low nutrient and dry sites such as eroded areas, quarries and mines with rocky, skeletal substrates without topsoil.
Water Deficit extremely high
Compaction average
Waterlogging average to high
Shade average to high
Minimum Temperature -10 degrees
Average no. Seeds per Gram
Viability Period average
Dormancy none
Treatment none
Days From First to Last Germination at 25 Degrees not known but seed germinates readily in warm conditions, and should not be buried deeply.
Direct Seeding