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Astrebla squarrosa - C.E.Hubb

Common Name Bull Mitchell grass
Family Poaceae
USDA hardiness 4-12
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Heavy, cracking clays on plains and river flats, sometimes with Lysiphyllum or Excoecaria, or in Dicanthium-Eulalia grassland and cleared Brigalow areas; flowers after rain.
Range Australasia.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Astrebla squarrosa Bull Mitchell grass


Chris Gardiner lucidcentral.org
Astrebla squarrosa Bull Mitchell grass
Chris Gardiner lucidcentral.org

 

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Summary

Erect, shortly rhizomatous perennial, to 1.5 m high. Astrebla is a small genus of xerophytic (requiring little liquid water) grasses found only in Australia. They are the dominant grass across much of the continent distributed in Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales. Sometimes misspelt as Astrebla aquamosa


Physical Characteristics

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Astrebla squarrosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Carbon Farming Solutions - Staple Crop: balanced carb (The term staple crop typically refers to a food that is eaten routinely and accounts for a dominant part of people's diets in a particular region of the world) [1-1]. Cultivated in the past but largely or completely abandoned.

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

Providing habitat for organisms such as mammals.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Historic Crop  Management: Standard  Staple Crop: Balanced carb

Climate: subtropical to tropical. Humidity: semi-arid. Grow on clay soils, mainly between an upper limit of 600 mm average annual rainfall, and a lower limit of 200 mm, and even below in depressions where the water concentrates following rains e.g. in Sturt's Stony Desert. Mitchell grasses are deep rooted and become dormant during drought, allowing them to survive extended periods without rainfall. Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: historic crop. Cultivated in the past but largely or completely abandoned. Management: standard (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1].

Carbon Farming

  • Historic Crop  These crops were once cultivated but have been abandoned. The reasons for abandonment may include colonization, genocide, market pressures, the arrival of superior crops from elsewhere, and so forth.
  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Staple Crop: Balanced carb  (0-15 percent protein, 0-15 percent oil, with at least one over 5 percent). The carbohydrates are from either starch or sugar. Annuals include maize, wheat, rice, and potato. Perennials include chestnuts, carob, perennial fruits, nuts, cereals, pseudocereals, woody pods, and acorns.

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Propagation

Wild. Seed.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Bull Mitchell grass, Mitchell grass

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Australia

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Astrebla pectinataBarley Mitchell GrassPerennial1.0 -  LMHSNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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