|Common Name(s)||Yabila Grass|
A tufted, perennial, native Panic, to one metre, which can dominate heavy soils where heavy grazing occurs to suppress competition. "Panicles widely spreading, up to 40cm long" (Stanley and Ross, 1989). The panicles of this species can be seen piled against fences or as giant, weakly attached masses moving and morphing in shape in sympathy with wind currents. Summer flowering in nature and may not participate well in seasons with late rain.
We have observed P. queenslandicum germinating strongly and flowering on rehabilitation sites with strongly saline-sodic spoil in central Queensland. The seed is shiny and hard coated, with excellent flowability and ballistic qualities.
Mainly from southern NSW to about Chillagoe in far north Qld. Also collected in one location on Thursday Island. Coastal and subcoastal occurrences throughout this range penetrating west well into semi-arid areas.
Stanley, T.D. & Ross, E.M. (1989). Flora of South Eastern Queensland, Vol. 3, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.