Poa helmsii

Tall Mountain Tussock-grass

Large, densely tufted perennial. Flowering stems erect, strongly compressed below flowerhead.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-80 cm high, stems to 1.5 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesRough, flat or slightly folded prominently veined leaves, 15-80 cm x 3-8 mm. Sheath pale green.
  • Flower colourLight green
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersContracted pyramidal flowerhead, to 35 cm x 15 cm, 3-8-flowered spikelets, lower bracts 3-veined, narrowly pointed; lower floral bract oblong, 5-veined, hairy on lower part of keel and outer veins only, webby basal hairs.
  • Bird attractingSeeds, habitat - nesting materials
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soils along creeks and in swamps usually above 1000 m. Semi shade.
  • Garden useA strong tussock for moist cool gardens.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. A rare plant for the Shire, occuring commonly to the east of the boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Leaves - string and basket-making
Photographer/s: 1 Geoff Lay, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2, 3 Michael Mulvaney, Canberra Nature Map ©

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