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Anthosachne scabra

Common Wheat-grass

Open tufted perennial grass. Flowering stems upright or drooping.

Additional information

  • SynonymElymus scaber var. scaber
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20 cm x 40 cm, stems to 1.2 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFlat or inrolled green to bluish-green leaves, rough on upper surface, sometimes hairy. Leaf sheath has ear-like appendages encircling the stem.
  • Flower colourGreen, becoming straw-coloured
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersNarrow spike of 1-10 distant 6-12-flowered spikelets to 4-8 cm long including bristles; pair of lower bracts veined, 3 on lower, 3-5 on upper; lower floral bract tapered to a rough flattened bristle, basal tuft of hairs.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in grassy forest. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant in drifts with other grasses and herbs under established trees.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Very limited distribution within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 5 Marilyn Bull ©; 3, 4 Helen Moss ©

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