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Slender Wallaby-grass - native (Rytidosperma penicillatum)

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Native. Perennial. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

Alternative names: Danthonia penicillata, Austrodanthonia penicillata.

Occurrence: A grassland and bushland grass.


It can be recognised by its slender habit and slender flower clusters, the palea which exceeds the awn-base by about a millimetre, the lobes of the lemma which taper evenly into long slender bristles, and the base of the awn which is slender (less than 0.3mm wide at the base).

penicillus: a small brush; ata: possessing, referring to the tufts of hair on the lemmas.

1: Lemmas. The side lobes taper into fine bristles, and the awn is slender, less than 0.3mm wide. Fryerstown.
2, 3: The flower cluster is slender. Many of the florets have fallen, leaving the glumes.
4, 5, 6: It is a tall slender grass.