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Echinopogon ovatus

Forest or Common Hedgehog-grass

Slender ascending to erect perennial grass spreading from underground stems to form a clump. Flowering stems have 3-7 nodes, bent at base.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 10 cm high, stems 15-70 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFlat leaves to 20 cm x 10 mm, rough on back, sometimes hairy along margins.
  • Flower colourGreen
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersDense oval flowerhead 1-4 cm long, ringed by bristles. 1-flowered spikelets, paired basal bracts rough along the keel; lower floral bract 5-veined, small lobe at top, straight stout bristle from top, dense tuft of hairs at basal tip.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in moist forests of mountains and gullies. Dappled shade.
  • Garden useAn interesting grass for cool shady gardens under established trees.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 4 Peter Kinchington ©; 2 Marilyn Bull ©

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