Microlaena stipoides

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Varieties

  • Griffin
  • Ovens (LIG183)
  • Bremmer (LIG 704)
  • Burra
  • Tasman

Distribution

Weeping grass is an Australian native grass which is widely distributed throughout the damper zones of eastern Australia from Cape York to Tasmania. It is also found in the wetter districts of South Australia and in the south-west of Western Australia.

Description

Weeping Grass is a cool season tufted perennial grass which produces year round green growth. It spreads very slowly by short rhizomes under the soil. There are several different forms that vary in height. The seedheads are weeping and ripen from December to May in southern Australia. The seeds have awns up to 20 mm long that are rough and the seeds tend to cling together making them somewhat difficult to handle.

Habitat/Soil

Suited to a wide range of soil types with a pH of less than 6.0, Weeping grass survives well in strongly acidic soils. Some types have a broad range of pH adaptation including alkaline soil, but most prefer acidic soils.

Tolerances

  • High frost tolerance
  • High drought tolerance
  • Medium salt tolerance
  • Shade tolerant

Sowing

Begin with a weed free seed bed. Sow seed 10-15 mm below the soil surface. Germination may take from 10-14 days in spring or summer or considerably longer in cooler conditions.

Sowing rate: 1kg/100m² for turf 5-10 kg/ha for revegetation and pasture.

Uses

This is an extremely versatile and useful grass with a wide range of applications. Because of its attractive appearance, its persistence and high grazing value, as well as its tolerance of shade and acid soils, this grass has a wide range of uses. It is suitable for use on roadsides, municipal parks and gardens requiring little maintenance, domestic lawns, golf course roughs, pastures in acid soils of moderate to high rainfall, revegetation in conjuction with other native grasses and river and stream edges to reduce erosion.

Varieties of Wallaby grass species supplied by Native Seeds

Griffin

Griffin Weeping grass is ideal for a high quality lawn and for passive recreation. Once established, it has low maintenance needs and requires minimal watering. It grows in shade. This variety was developed by the University of New England specifically for lawns.

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Weeping grass var. Griffin – Nelson approves!

Ovens (LIG183)

Ovens Weeping grass was selected from a grass population that originated in the wheat / sheep zone near the NSW Victorian border and has considerable heat and drought tolerance. It is a larger plant which produces considerable dry matter of high grazing quality. It is the fastest germinating and establishing variety of those Native Seeds is producing. It was developed by the NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation (DLWC) through research funded by DLWC and the Meat and Livestock Association, the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation, and the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.

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Bremmer (LIG 704)

This grass was also developed in the LIGULE program that gave rise to the Ovens variety. It was selected from a grass population that originated in the medium rainfall zone where grazing is the principal activity. It is an upright plant with medium textured leaves and a strong tolerance to acid soil conditions. It is more stout than Ovens and a very good complement to it when sown together.

Burra

Burra Weeping grass is a useful all round grass. It is deep green in colour, is tolerant of highly acid soils and has a high drought tolerance. It can be used for lawns or for revegetation.

Tasman

This variety was bred by Native Seeds especially for the turf and amenity market in the cooler climates of Australia. It is a deep green colour, finely textured and has dense foliage. When fully established, it is very hardy and can withstand hot, dry conditions. Native Seeds expects to have seed of this variety available from 2006.

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