Queensland Native Seeds

Bothriochloa erianthoides

Scientific NameBothriochloa erianthoides
CategoriesGrass
Common Name(s)Satin Top
FamilyPoaceae

Description

A densley tufted, perennial, warm season grass which may reach 1.5m in height. Inflorescences are striking due to their comparitive size among Bothriochloa species.

Notes

Unfortunately, we mostly observe Bothriochloa erianthoides dominating in areas where grazing pressure is limited. It may codominate in these places with Themeda avenacea. Harvesting of the seed is difficult due to its very low density. It should however remain a priority rehabilitation species in our view. We are concerned about losing this taxon as exotic competitors and grazing pressures continue to threaten.

We note fair remnant stands of Bothriochloa erianthoides on black soils around the Darling Downs and further north also on less used stock routes, beside highways and around train lines.

"Regarded as an excellent drought resistant fodder grass but it has now been eaten out from areas it once occupied. Flowers Dec.--Sept." (Simon, B.K. & Alfonso, Y. 2011. Ausgrass2)

The grazing value of B. erianthoides is also noted in Flora of South Eastern Queensland, Vol. 3.

Historical Notes

Distribution

"Found on clay soils of the western plains and slopes of the Gt Divide in central to southern Qld and northern N.S.W (rare)." (Simon, B.K. & Alfonso, Y. 2011. Ausgrass2)

Distribution Map | Bothriochloa erianthoides | Queensland Native Seeds

Bothriochloa erianthoides | habit | Queensland Native Seeds
Bothriochloa erianthoides | habit | Queensland Native Seeds
Bothriochloa erianthoides | inflorescence | Queensland Native Seeds
Bothriochloa erianthoides | habitat | Queensland Native Seeds
Bothriochloa erianthoides | habitat | Queensland Native Seeds

References and Related Links

“Simon, B.K. & Alfonso, Y. 2011. Ausgrass2, http.//ausgrass.myspecies.info/, [Accessed on 28th Jan 2019].”

http://ausgrass2.myspecies.info/content/bothriochloa-erianthoides

Stanley, T.D. & Ross, E.M. (1989). Flora of South Eastern Queensland, Vol. 3, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.