Molineriella minuta (L.) Rouy

Small Hair-grass

Fl. France 14: 102 (1913) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Culms erect 4–12 cm high, smooth, shining. Leaves tufted, glabrous; blade flat or folded, to 5 cm long and 2 mm wide, usually much shorter than culm; ligule membranous, truncate or rounded at apex, 1–2 mm long. Inflorescence an open, broadly ovoid panicle to 7 cm long and 5 cm wide, with spreading capillary branches. Glumes subequal, narrowly ovate, 1–1.5 mm long, smooth, shining, purplish; lemma narrowly ovate, equal to or shortly exceeding glumes, truncate, shallowly notched or erose at apex, sparsely and minutely scabrous along the veins, wholly glabrous or with a few minute hairs at the base; palea oblong, slightly shorter than lemma. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised in WA, SA, NSW. Occurs on sand, tolerating rather saline conditions, but generally not coastal.

Probably overlooked because of its small size and similarity to other dryland annual species and perhaps more widespread than records suggest. Tutin (1980) describes Molineriella minuta as having lemmas with basal hairs c. two-thirds as long as the lemma. This feature has not been observed on any Victorian specimens.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Molineriella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Molineriella minuta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Molineriella minuta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory