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Rytidosperma tenuius

Purplish Wallaby-grass

Erect, loosely tufted perennial grass.

Additional information

  • SynonymAustrodanthonia tenuior, Danthonia tenuior
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 25 cm x 40 cm, stems to 1 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesHairless to hairy, flat or folded leaves to 25 cm x 4 mm, becoming loosely inrolled.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersNarrow flowerheads 3-15 cm long. Spikelets 4-6-flowered. Broad, firm, shiny lower floral bract, 2 rows of hairs, some also scattered between; upper hairs longer than twisted part of central bristle; lobes slender, tapering.
  • Bird attractingSeeds, habitat
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsCool moist to well drained soil in grassy forests. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden usePurplish bracts of young flowers is attractive and helps identification. Useful growing with other grasses and herbs or under trees.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Sue Guymer, NatureShare ©; 2, 5 Marilyn Bull ©; 4 Peter Kinchington, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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