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Bristly Wallaby-grass - native (Rytidosperma setaceum)

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bristly wallaby-grass1 bristly wallaby-grass2 bristly wallaby-grass3 bristly wallaby-grass4

Native. Perennial. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

Alternative names: Danthonia setacea, Austrodanthonia setacea, Small-flowered Wallaby-grass.

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


The small lemmas are distinctive; the lemmas are smaller than in other wallaby grases. The distance from the bottom of the basal tip to the base of the central awn is less than 3mmm (and usually only about 2mm).

It is a variable grass, and the flower clusters may have many or few flowers. It is a fairly short grass (typically 30-40cm high).

Sometimes there may be scattered hairs on the back of the lemma, or one of the rows may be incomplete.

seta: bristle; acea resemblance.

1, 2: Lemmas are the smallest of the wallaby grasses.3, 4: Bristly seed heads. Castlemaine.