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Rytidosperma setaceum

Small-flowered or Bristly Wallaby-grass

Slender erect tufted perennial grass.

Additional information

  • SynonymAustrodanthonia setacea, Danthonia setacea
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 30 cm x 40 cm, stems to 0.6 m
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesSparse to moderately dense spreading hairs on fine, inrolled leaves to 25 cm x 1 mm.
  • Flower colourGreen or purplish
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersDense, silvery lance-shaped flowerhead 4-8 cm long, with 4-10-flowered spikelets. Lower floral bract tiny, 2 complete rows of hairs, some hairs scattered between rows; lobe base short, bristles long; central bristle longer, bent, tightly twisted at base.
  • Bird attractingSeeds, habitat
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDry to moist well drained soils in a range of habitats. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useGrow with other grasses in rough lawns or underplanting trees and shrubs.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries. Specialist grass suppliers
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Related speciesSimilar to R. caespitosum with which it often occurs. Differs in its finer foliage and smaller bracts and bristles.
Photographer/s: 1 Richard Hartland ©; 2, 4, 5 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Greg Jordan © University of Tasmania

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