Isachne globosa

Swamp Millet

Perennial grass spreading by underground stems to form loose clumps.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 60 cm high
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesFlat, dark green leaves, 3-10 cm x 3-8 mm, with slightly rough margins and lower surface, scattered along stems. Upper part of sheath slightly hairy.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeSeptember to June
  • FlowersOpen pyramidal flowerhead to 10 cm x 8 cm branches spreading. Plump, roundish 2-flowered spikelets, lower floret male, upper floret female or bisexual, floral bracts hard and shiny.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsSemi-aquatic in swamps and along margins of watercourses. Full sun.
  • Garden useA useful grass which can form mats in wet areas and around ponds.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 A. Barley, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 5 Jackie Miles, Budawang Coast Nature Map ©

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