Hierochloe submutica F.Muell.

Alpine Holy-grass

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 48 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Tufted perennial, culms erect, to 70 cm high. Leaves glabrous and almost smooth; blade flat, up to 25 cm long, 5–8 mm wide; ligule truncate, erose, 4–8 mm long. Inflorescence a moderately dense panicle, the branches remaining more or less erect, 5–20 cm long; glumes ovate, 5–6 mm long, equal, membranous, shining; lemmas of male florets oblong, about equal to glumes, scabrous, hairy along margins, awnless or with a mucro to c. 0.5 mm long; lemma of bisexual floret 3–3.5 mm long, membranous, smooth, shining and glabrous near base, scabrous and hairy toward apex. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

HNF, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Rare, confined to a few boggy sites in the higher alps, e.g. Bogong High Plains, Mt Feathertop, and the Cobberas.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2015-09-09
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Hierochloe
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hierochloe submutica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hierochloe submutica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales