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Copper-awned Wallaby-grass - native (Rytidosperma fulvum)

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Native. Perennial. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

Copper-awned Wallaby-grass is a common in forests and grasslands.

Alternative names: Danthonia linkii var fulva, Austrodanthonia fulva.


It is sometimes late flowering e.g. early autumn. The flower cluster is long (6-12cm) and generally dense. The lemmas are distinctive; they have three rows of hair tufts, and there are scattered hairs on the back of the lemma. The awn is much twisted at the base and copper coloured.

Rytidosperma: with wrinkled seeds; fulvus: reddish brown, tawny, referring to the awn-base.

Photo 1: The base of the awn is copper-coloured. View from underneath, showing the palea. Typical flower cluster is elongated. Eureka Diggings. 2: Lemma with scattered hairs bewteen the upper rows of hairs. 3: Typical narrow cluster.