Wallaby Grass

Wallaby Grass

Scientific name Rytidosperma spp. Common name(s) Wallaby grass
Synonym(s) Danthonia spp.
Austrodanthonia spp.
Varieties Oxley
Evans
Hume
Bunderra
Bidgee
Wirra
Taranna
Description

Wallaby grasses are erect tufted perennials with fine leaves. They are variable in form between species and in response to changes in environment. They grow to heights of 30 to 80 cm during the cool season. Wallaby grasses remain green throughout the year. They glower in spring and sometimes in autumn depending on the climate. The seedheads very considerably, but are commonly about 0.3 to 1.0 metre above the ground and have attractive white fluffy tops when mature.

Tolerance High frost tolerance
High drought tolerance
High heat tolerance
High acid soil tolerance
Sowing

It is essential to have a weed-free seed bed before sowing as seedling vigour is low and competition against weeds is poor. Seed can be sown at all times of the year as long as moisture from either rainfall or irrigation is available. Germination can be expected within 14 to 21 days in autumn and spring, but it may take up to 60 days in winter. The cleaned seeds are very small, and need to be sown just below the surface (5 – 8 mm). If sowing in a dryland situation, use fluffy or pelletised seed.

Sowing rate Sow pelletised seed at a rate of 5 kg per hectare
Uses Landscaping
Revegetation
Pasture
Horticulture
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Wallaby Grass (Rytidosperma spp.) distribution map

There are about 30 native species of Wallaby grass in Australia and they are found in the temperate areas in all states except Northern Territory. This group of grasses is common and widespread. They usually grow on medium clays to light sandy loams; most Wallaby grasses prefer not to be waterlogged. They are often seen on roadsides in open plain country or in lightly forested slopes.

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Landscaping golf course roughs

Bonnie Doon Golf Club rough vegetated with Australian native grasses

Wallaby grass can be used for golf course roughs or other areas requiring attractive plants with low maintenance requirements.

Wallaby grass used in horticulture

Wallaby grass (Rytidosperma spp.) in between vines

Wallaby grasses have been used successfully between rows of vines or trees to control erosion, reduce surface temperature, control weeds and lower saline water tables.

Wallaby grass for stock and horse pasture

Evans wallaby grass (Rytidosperma caespitosa var. Evans)

Wallaby grass is nutritious, productive and persistent when grazed intermittently.

Wallaby grass lawns for low maintenance landscaping

Hume Wallaby Grass (Rytidosperma spp.) Lawn

A drought tolerant, heat resistant, frost tolerant and high acid tolerant lawn species.

Revegetation with wallaby grass in Piggins Swamp

Revegetation of Piggins swamp with Australian

Wallaby grass is highly beneficial for revegetation on disrupted soils where soil erosion control or long term perennial cover is required.

"Warbling on Wallaby" downloadable ebook

Hume wallaby Grass (Rytidosperma spp.) floret

Everything you could hope to know about wallaby grass from the technical to the sowing technique.