Black Spear grass
|Scientific name||Heteropogon contortus||Common name(s)||Black Spear grass|
Black Spear grass is a perennial tussock grass that can grow to a height of 1.5m tall. It is a summer growing grass and will germinate when temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees.
High drought tolerance
High Heat tolerance
Black Spear grass is tolerant to a wide variety of soils but is found less commonly in heavy clay soils or soils with poor drainage. It occupies areas with a range of rainfall between 700 and 1200 mm per annum..
Heteropogon contortus is found across northern Australia in far north western Australia, Northern Territory, eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales. It is a typical species of tropical and sub-tropical grasslands and eucalypt woodland understory, in regions with a marked wet and dry season.