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Hemarthria uncinata var. uncinata

Mat Grass

Rigid matting perennial grass spreading from underground stems. Flower stems scrambling to upright, sometimes branched.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 40 cm, stems to 80 cm.
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFlat or folded narrow green or reddish leaves to 20 cm x 5 mm, keeled along midrib
  • Flower colourGreen
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersNarrow rigid spike 5-12 cm long. Spikelets paired - one stalked, the other stalkless, in 2-4 rows, the lowest recessed into stalk; inner lower bract of stalked spikelet hooked on the end.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsWaterlogged and seasonally wet soils in wetland areas and beside waterways. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useSpreading ground cover for a moist area.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 2,3 Ian Clarke, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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