Queensland Native Seeds

Cymbopogon obtectus

Scientific NameCymbopogon obtectus
Common Name(s)Silky Heads


Perennial, erect, warm season grass to 100cm.


Cymbopogon obtectus, like the similar C. bombycinus, is occasionally requested for rehabilitation. It could more often be utilised, however only in conjunction with increased planning. Likewise, it occurs in small groups often on stony ground, sandy or skeletal soils. The cost of producing seed is relatively high however it need only be applied to small, select areas as seed or as transplants.

Historical Notes

The genus Cymbopogon, also includes several species, commonly referred to as Citronella Grass, Lemongrass and East Indian Grass which are cultivated for varying reasons, sometimes as culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, for use as insecticides, preservatives, disinfectants and in perfumes.


All mainland states.

Distribution Map | Cymbopogon obtectus | Queensland Native Seeds

Cymbopogon obtectus | inflorescence | Queensland Native Seeds
Cymbopogon obtectus | habit | Queensland Native Seeds

References and Related Links

Simon, B.K. & Alfonso, Y. 2011. Ausgrass2, http://ausgrass.myspecies.info/ [Accessed on Nov 28, 2019].


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