Rostraria cristata (L.) Tzvelev

Novosti Sist.Vyssh.Rast. 7:47 (1971)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Annual, grass-like or herb, 0.05-0.3 m high. Fl. green, Jul to Nov. Black or siliceous sand, loam.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 21 December 1993


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Hampton, Mallee, Murchison, Swan Coastal Plain, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Mallee, Eastern Murchison, Edel, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Hampton, Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Mardabilla, Merredin, Perth, Recherche, Southern Cross, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions
Abrolhos Islands, Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, Shark Bay.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Augusta Margaret River, Bruce Rock, Busselton, Claremont, Cockburn, Coolgardie, Coorow, Cottesloe, Dandaragan, Dundas, Esperance, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Jerramungup, Kent, Kondinin, Kulin, Kwinana, Lake Grace, Leonora, Mandurah, Mingenew, Nedlands, Perth, Pingelly, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Rockingham, Shark Bay, South Perth, Wanneroo, Waroona, Wickepin, Wongan-Ballidu.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Mediterranean hairgrass.

General Biology. Growth form. Grass. Life form. Annual, caespitose. Reproduction. Seed. Photosynthetic Pathway. C3.

Notes. Naturalised in southern parts of Africa. Salinity inhibits growth.

Additional information. Origin. Northern Africa, Asia, Europe.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y Y      
Germination         U U U            
Flowering                 Y Y Y    
Fruiting                   Y Y Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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