Oplismenus hirtellus

Australian Basket-grass

Trailing weak annual or perennial grass rooting at leaf nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems prostrate - 40 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesNarrow flat leaves 1-8 cm x 3-10 mm, margins often wavy; fringe of hairs at the top of sheath.
  • Flower colourShiny pale floral bracts
  • Flowering timeAugust to March
  • FlowersNarrow spike-like flowerhead 4-12 cm long, branches separated, in 2 lines along stem. Single or small clusters of tiny spikelets with few stiff hairs below each; lowest bracts egg-shaped, lower with long bristle, upper bristle shorter or absent
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil, generally in warm-temperate rainforest. Full shade.
  • Garden useDelicate creeping grass for cool shady moist gardens.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from one location. Generally located in East Gippsland.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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