Foliage cover of tallest stratum greater than 70%
- Typified by perennial grasses with a tufted
- Contain a broad range of native grasslands
from the Dichanthium sericeum (blue grass)
and Astrebla spp. (Mitchell grass) communities
in northern Australia to the temperate
grasslands of southern New South Wales,
Victoria and Tasmania.
- Contain many widespread genera including
Aristida, Astrebla, Austrodanthonia, Austrostipa,
Chrysopogon, Dichanthium, Enneapogon,
Eragrostis, Eriachne, Heteropogon, Poa, Themeda,
Sorghum and many mixed species communities.
- Support a large range of species, partly as a result of this geographical range and partly as a result of the variation in soils and site conditions.
Extensive areas of Tussock Grasslands have been cleared and replaced by exotic pasture species. Most other areas have been modified by grazing, weed invasion and land management practices associated with grazing domestic stock (e.g. frequent fire and the application of fertilisers).
Photos from the Australian Plant Image Index