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Useful Temperate Plants

Astrebla pectinata

(Lindl.) F.Muell. ex Benth.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Danthonia pectinata Lindl.

Common Name: Barley Mitchell Grass

Astrebla pectinata
Plant growing in native habitat in early summer
Photograph by: Mark Marathon
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General Information

Astrebla pectinata is a clump-forming, evergreen grass with short rhizomes. The erect culms can be 30 - 120cm tall.
The seeds were used as a food by the native Australians, though it is probably little used at present.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

285
Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants

Range

Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territories, Western Australia

Habitat

Red loam or dark brown clay soils in Western Australia[
285
Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.80 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Astrebla pectinata grows in arid and semi-arid areas of Australia at elevations up to 1,000 metres. Its best development occurs in areas receiving between 250 - 550mm annual rainfall. It grows n the warm, moist season and, due to a lack of moisture, has usually ceased growth by the time the cooler seasan and its frosts arrive. It can produce new growth if there is ample winter rainfall and can flower at almost any time of the year in response to rainfall[
415
Title
Tropical Forages
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Author
 
Website
http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/index.htm
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
].
Requires a sunny position[
415
Title
Tropical Forages
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Website
http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/index.htm
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0
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Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
]. Found in the wild in cracking clay soils, usually with a high pH and free limestone[
415
Title
Tropical Forages
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Author
 
Website
http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
]. The plant has some tolerance to salinity[
415
Title
Tropical Forages
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Author
 
Website
http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
]. It is extremely drought -tolerant due to its robust root system - though plants can die in extremely dry periods[
415
Title
Tropical Forages
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
].
Top growth is killed in fires, but the plant will usually resprout from the roots[
415
Title
Tropical Forages
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Mainly focussed on forage plants, the site gives a lot of information on the plant, with a good botanical description, details of cultivation, plant uses and a good selection of photographs.
].

Edible Uses

Seed[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
]. Other species in the genus can also be used[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - probably best to surface sow in a sunny position in a greenhouse in spring. Push the seeds gently into the soil and make sure the compost does not dry out. When large enough, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow on until large enough to plant out. In colder regions, consider growing on in the greenhouse until the following spring, planting out after the last expected frosts.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-09-21. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Astrebla+pectinata>

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