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Threatened species

Australian Saltgrass - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Distichlis distichophylla
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 15 Sep 2000
Profile last updated: 03 Jan 2019


Australian Salt-grass is a spreading perennial grass, in the form of a loose, somewhat prickly clump of spreading underground stems (rhizomes). The foliage is distinctive, with a row of thin stiff leaves to 50 mm on each side of the stem. It often grows with a similar-looking grass Sporobolus virginicus, and is best-distinguished in summer when in flower or fruit.


This grass is common in Victoria and Tasmania, and extends to South Australia and Western Australia. In Victoria it is found inland as well, but in its limited NSW range it grows only in coastal situations, except for one existing population at Lake Cargelligo in south western NSW. Scattered records are from the areas of Jervis Bay, Bermagui, Wonboyn, Narooma, Bodalla and Nadgee Nature Reserve (at Womboyn).

Habitat and ecology

  • A coloniser of damp saline soils; found at the edges of salt marshes and on low dunes.
  • Flowers and sets seed in late spring and summer.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Cobar PeneplainLachlan Plains Known None
Ocean - Other StateSouthern Australian Coastal Waters Known None
Other StateJervis Bay Territory Predicted below 10 m asl
Other StateSA Known None
Other StateVIC Known None
South East CornerBateman Known below 10 m asl
South East CornerEast Gippsland Lowlands Known below 10 m asl
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Known below 10 m asl
Sydney BasinIllawarra Predicted below 10 m asl
Sydney BasinJervis Known below 10 m asl