Rostraria cristata (L.) Tzvelev
Novosti Sist.Vyssh.Rast. 7:47 (1971)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Tuesday 21 December 1993

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


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Hampton, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Murchison, Swan Coastal Plain, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Avon Wheatbelt P2, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Mallee, Eastern Murchison, Edel, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Hampton, Lesueur Sandplain, Mardabilla, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Cross, Southern Jarrah Forest, Western Mallee.

IMCRA Regions: Abrolhos Islands, Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, Shark Bay.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Bruce Rock, Busselton, Claremont, Cockburn, Collie, Coorow, Cottesloe, Dandaragan, Dundas, Esperance, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Jerramungup, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kent, Kondinin, Kulin, Kwinana, Lake Grace, Leonora, Mandurah, Mingenew, Morawa, Nedlands, Northampton, Perth, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Rockingham, Shark Bay, South Perth, Wanneroo, Waroona, West Arthur, Wickepin, Wongan-Ballidu.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

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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  • Marañon, T. (1998) Soil seed bank and community dynamics on an annual-dominated Mediterranean salt marsh. Journal of Vegetation Science, 9: 371-378.
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program (2009) Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: - Accessed October 2009.

Project information and acknowledgements