Amphibromus archeri (Hook.f.) P.Morris

Pointed Swamp Wallaby-grass

Victorian Naturalist 51: 146, t. 26 figs 2 & 3 (1934) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, occasionally with swollen basal internodes; culms to 1.5 m high. Leaves glabrous, finely scabrous; blade flat to inrolled, to 35 cm long and 2.5–5 mm wide; ligule acute, 5–12 mm long. Inflorescence typically an open, spreading panicle, to 35 cm long. Spikelets 3–7-flowered, 12–18 mm long (excluding awns), green or purplish; glumes acute, the lower 3–5-nerved, 5–7 mm long, the upper 5–7-nerved, 6–9 mm long; lemma 6–9 mm long, smooth to tuberculate, apical teeth 4, usually purplish, the inner pair extended into bristles 2–4 mm long, the lateral pair with reduced bristles or bristles lacking; awn 13–18 mm long, inserted 30–45% of the lemma length from the apex, column 4.5–7 mm long; palea from one-half to three-quarters as long as lemma. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Tas. In swamps of (mostly) southern Victoria, often within areas of predominantly sandy soils supporting heathland and heathy woodland; scattered and uncommon.

The var. papillosus P. Morris (1934) was erected for those specimens with more strongly papillose lemmas, but as there appears to be continuous variation in this attribute within the species, the variety is no longer recognised.

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: Val Stajsic, 2020-02-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Amphibromus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Amphibromus archeri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Amphibromus archeri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia