Telopea 2: 724 (1986) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Tufted perennial; culms to 1 m high. Leaves glabrous, smooth; blade flat or inrolled, to 20 cm long and 1.5–5 mm wide; ligule truncate to acute, 1.5–5 mm long. Inflorescence a slender, erect panicle, to 25 cm long. Spikelets 2–6-flowered, 8–15 mm long (excluding awns), green; glumes obtuse to acute, often erose at apex, the lower 3–5-nerved, 3–5.5 mm long, the upper 5–7-nerved, 3.5–7 mm long; lemma 4–7.5 mm long, smooth or minutely papillose, swollen in the lower part, gently constricted above the level of the grain, apical teeth 4 but the lateral pair often rudimentary so that the appearance is of 2 shallowly notched lobes, the sinus between them being 0.5–1.5 mm; awn 8–16 mm long, inserted 20–35% of the lemma length from the apex, column 3–5 mm long; palea from one-half to three-quarters as long as lemma. Flowers Oct.–Dec.
CVU, DunT, Gold, VVP. Also NSW. A rare species of shallow, seasonally inundated depressions (e.g. gilgais) on water-retentive clay soils supporting grasslands and grassy woodlands. Known from near Mansfield and scattered occurrences to the south and west (e.g. Yea, Heathcote, Craigieburn, Beaufort, Dunkeld, Casterton).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|