Queensland Native Seeds

Cymbopogon queenslandicus

Scientific NameCymbopogon queenslandicus
Common Name(s)


"Perennial. Culms erect, 70–150 cm tall." (Simon, B.K. & Alfonso, Y. 2011. Ausgrass2)


We note Cymbopogon queenslandicus north of Proston, Qld, on a rhyolite rock unit which has provided a shallow soil with low fertility and water holding capacity. The terrain there is generally steep and rocky, the vegetation is usually Corymbia citriodora open forest or woodland.

The following is a quote from a nearby business associate in regard to C. queenslandicus. "Cymbopogon queenslandicus worked well on quite a range of sites that [he] put it into, it went well on very tough, shallow soil which is not surprising given its natural habitat. It established a second generation of seedlings once it started producing seed...". The source of seed for these projects was natural bushland somewhat further north in Queensland than the occurrence noted above, however the edaphic site was similar and described as, "very harsh, shallow, acid volcanic soils".

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.


"A species confined to Qld where it is found in Eucalyptus forests, often on stony hillsides." (Simon, B.K. & Alfonso, Y. 2011. Ausgrass2)

Distribution Map | Cymbopogon queenslandicus | Queensland Native Seeds

Cymbopogon queenslandicus | 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.