Tufted perennial with erect, cane-like clumps to 3 m high in dry woodland and grassland, often in drainage ways. Rhizomatous.

Leaves with ligule short, densely hairy. Blade rolled in bud, 3-10 mm wide.

Inflorescence a panicle 10-40 cm long.

Arundinella flowers in response to rain. Prefers well-drained soil and sunlight. Not a shade lover.

Surface sow as soon as it is ripe. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly.

PHOTO: Robert Whyte LOCATION: Enoggera Creek Reserve


A good root system can take a year to develop. When growing in moist locations can produce canes capable of being thatched.