Rytidosperma geniculatum

Kneed Wallaby-grass

Densely tufted hairy perennial grass with stems often bent near the base.

Additional information

  • SynonymAustrodanthonia geniculata, Danthonia geniculata
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 15 cm x 20 cm; stems to 30 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesVery fine inrolled leaves to 25 cm x less than 1 mm.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersCompact flowerhead 1-5 cm long, spikelets 3-5 flowered. Lower floral bract to 4 mm long, evenly covered in hairs of equal length; 2 lobes spreading widely, tapering; central bristle as long as lateral lobes, shortly twisted at base.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsLight moist to dryish soils in open forests and woodlands. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useProvides a grassy understorey in lightly wooded areas. May be useful as a lawn grass.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common in western Victoria.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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