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Hill Wallaby-grass - native - (Rytidosperma erianthum)

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Native. Perennial. C3.

Hill Wallaby-grass is a widespread and common grass. It grows in grasslands and forests.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

Alternative names: Danthonia eriantha, Austrodanthonia eriantha.


The common name is not very suitable - it often grows in flat places. The length of the lemma (from the bottom tip to the base of the central awn) is 3.5mm to 4mm. It is a fairly short grass (typically 20-30cm high) and few flowered. The buds are green with purple tonings (as in most wallaby grasses).

The triangular shape of the lemma is distinctive.

Lobed Wallaby-grass lemmas are also broadly triangular. It differs in that the sides of the lemmas have a more or less triangular lobe.

erion: wool; anthos: flower, referring to the woolly lemmas.

1: Lemma showing the rows of hair tufts. The palea is behind the central awn.

2: The flowers are shades of green and purple, in small clusters. 3: Bristly flowers, typical of wallaby grasses. 4, 5: The ripe flowers.