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Rytidosperma semiannulare

Tasmanian Wallaby-grass

Erect tufted perennial grass. Flowering stems have 2-4 nodes.

Additional information

  • SynonymNotodanthonia semiannularis, Danthonia semiannularis
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 30 cm x 40 cm, stems to 60 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFine, grey-green inrolled leaves to 20 cm x 1 mm.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersNarrow to oblong dense flowerheads to 12 cm long, base often enclosed by sheath. 6-8-flowered spikelets. Lower floral bract 2-3 mm, covered in tiny hairs, upper row longer, lobes fine erect, short; central bristle brown, tightly twisted.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist alluvial soils in grassy and moist forests and woodlands. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useUseful in moist areas or beside water features, tolerating wet soils for short periods.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusScattered distribution within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1 Forest & Kim Starr, http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants ©; 2 Helen Moss ©; 3 Peter Kinchington, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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