Hainardia cylindrica (Willd.) Greuter
Common Barbgrass

Greuter & Rech.f. & Boissiera, Boissiera 13:177 (1967)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Tufted annual, grass-like or herb, 0.4 m high (clumps to 4 m across). Fl. green, Oct to Dec or Mar. Brackish peaty sand, alluvium. Estuary edges, river edges.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 18 November 1993


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Katanning, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Boyup Brook, Brookton, Busselton, Dandaragan, Gingin, Pingelly, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Wickepin.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. One-glumed hardgrass.

General Biology. Growth form. Grass. Life form. Annual, caespitose. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Wind, water, mammals. Photosynthetic Pathway. C3.

Notes. Naturalised in all southern states of Australia, also in Britain, South Africa, the Americas and New Zealand.

Additional information. Origin. Northern Africa, temperate Asia, Europe. History of use/introduction. Ornamental.

Management Calendar

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

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



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