Rytidosperma lepidopodum


Slender tufted perennial grass with long scaly underground stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymJoycea lepidopoda, Danthonia lepidopoda
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 15 cm high, stems to 0.6 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesHairless to slightly hairy flat or channelled leaf to 15 cm x 2 mm. Inrolled when dry.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersSparse, narrowly oval flowerhead to 8 cm with few 3-4-flowered spikelets. Lower floral bract evenly covered in hairs, erect, tapering lobes lack bristles; central bristle weakly twisted at base; upper bract as high as lobe tips.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsSandy soils in heathy woodland. Semi shade.
  • Garden useUnderplant amongst herbs in light soil.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from one location where it is not common. Victorian endemic.
  • Related speciesR. lepidopodum is now believed to be a naturally occurring hybrid between R. pallidum and R. laeve.
Photographer/s: 1 George Stolfo, Flora of Melbourne ©; 2 Peter Kinchington, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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