Agrostis bettyae

Forest Bent

Loosely tufted perennial grass, sometimes spreading from short underground stems. Flowering stems erect or bent, 4-noded.

Additional information

  • SynonymAgrostis sp. aff. hiemalis
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 15 cm high, stems to 90 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFlat or inrolled, rough, veined leaves to 15 cm x 4 mm, grooved on the upper side.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeNovember to April
  • FlowersNarrow, loose oval flowerhead 10-35 cm long, branchlets ultimately spreading. Tiny 1-flowered spikelets at ends of branchlets; lower floral bract lacking bristle, tiny or no upper floral bract (palea).
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in mountain forests. Semi shade and dappled shade.
  • Garden useA slender grass for underplanting in cool moist gardens.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Uncommon in Victoria.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Michael Mulvaney, Canberra Nature Map ©; 3 Robert Hare, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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