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Kangaroo Grass

Kangaroo Grass

Perhaps the most readily recognised of all the native grasses, Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) is best known in the temperate south but grows in all Australian states, and in Africa and Asia. Although not classified as threatened, huge areas of it have been replaced by crops and pasture grasses. It responds well to fire now and then (being relatively sparse, it burns more slowly than imported grasses) but does not cope well with heavy grazing or soil disturbance.

In summer and autumn the rich coppery-gold colour makes it easy to spot. Good stands generally indicate reasonably undisturbed soil, which is worth investigating for wildflowers in the spring, and birds at any time.

Mount Beckworth, Vic

February 2006

Canon 20D

Canon EF-S 60/2.8 macro

21° 60mm 200i

f/8 1/350th