Scale bar is 1cm

Common Wallaby-grass - native (Rytidosperma caespitosum)

Home..... Menu..... Common name index..... Scientific name index..... Glossary ..... Other grasses ...... The grass plant ....... Wallaby-grasses

common wallaby-grass common wallaby-grass

Native. Perennial. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

Moderately common.

Alternative names: Danthonia caespitosa, Austrodanthonia caespitosa.


It is taller than many of the wallaby grasses, growing to well over 50cm. The lemma is long (3.5-5.5mm) and squarish. The side lobes taper into a long bristle.

The tussocky growth, the height, the long squarish lemmas with complete rows of hairs on the lemma are characteristic.

caespitosum: tufted, referring to the leaves.

1: The lemmas are large (over 4mm long) and more or less rectangular in outline. Castlemaine. 2: The flower clusters are larger than many other wallaby grasses.