Tetrarrhena distichophylla

Hairy Rice-grass

Hairy, mat-forming perennial grass spreading from underground stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems to 0.6 m long
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFlat or inrolled, pale green, densely hairy spreading to erect leaves 1-12 cm x 2-6 mm, crowded, in pairs.
  • Flower colourPale green
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • Flowers4-12 1-flowered spikelets in an erect spike-like flowerhead 2-4 cm long; spikelets hairy, 4-6 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to dryish soils in heathy woodlands. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useMatting groundcover for the garden or under trees. May be worth trying for a substitute lawn where traffic is not high.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where it may be abundant. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Related speciesTetrarrhena acuminata can be distinguished by the longer spikelets, from 7 mm which have raised veins & tapering upper sterile floral bract (cf blunt bracts in above species).
Photographer/s: 1 A. Barley, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2 Simon, B.K. & Alfonso, Y.  2011. AusGrass2, ausgrass2.myspecies.info ©

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