Barley Mitchell grass is moderately palatable to livestock and is said to have good fattening qualities. The grass can withstand drought and grazing, to some extent, and produces an abundance of fodder. Young seedlings are susceptible to being pulled out of friable soils by grazing cattle.
Black soil group (PDF 5.7MB) in the Kimberley.
Barley Mitchell grass is an erect perennial grass that can grow to 20–100cm tall, forming dense, leafy tussocks with a knotty butt covered in shining scales. The leaves are long, narrow and flat, but tend to become curly and twisted with age. The seeds occur in single seed heads 7–8cm long with paired rows of seeds. The seed heads resemble those of the true barley plant.