Deyeuxia brachyathera

Short or Keeled Bent Grass

Tufted or shortly spreading perennial herb with erect flowering stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 1.5 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesRough, flat leaves to 35 cm x 8 mm. Sheath projection rounded.
  • Flower colourGreen or purplish
  • Flowering timeNovember to April
  • FlowersContracted but loose spike-like flowerhead 8-25 cm long, spikelets often spaced or lobed towards base. Flattened 1-flowered spikelets to 7 mm long; floral bract rough, pointed, with 3-5 ribs; curved bristle 1-2 mm below top, 4-5 mm long, not twisted at base.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsUsually swampy soils of sub-alpine woodlands and mountain forests but found in the Shire in a lowland mountain gully. Semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive grass in flower. Grow in small gardens and under established trees, especially if ground is moist for part of the year.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from the Steels Creek area. Scattered distribution in the eastern highlands.
Photographer/s: 1 DPIPWE staff, © Threatened Species Section (2019), Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania; 2 Robert Hare, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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