Rytidosperma racemosum var. racemosum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Loosely tufted or shortly rhizomatous perennial. Culms to 80 cm high. Leaves glabrous to sparsely hairy; blade flat, folded or inrolled, to 15 cm long and c. 1 mm wide (alpine forms often with short, flat blade to 2.5 mm wide). Panicle linear, often interrupted and appearing racemose, 5–15 cm long. Spikelets not or scarcely purplish, 6–10-flowered; glumes subequal, acute, 7–18 mm long; lemma 4–6 mm long, with hairs in two series, the upper reduced to 2 sparse dorsal tufts, with more prominent marginal tufts (occasionally the dorsal tufts lacking, or rarely, the upper series almost complete), the lower series complete with hairs approaching the upper series, callus elongate (at least in upper florets), 1.5–2 mm long, the hair-tufts mostly not reaching the lower series of the lemma body; lateral lobes erect, 5–9 mm long, rather broad below midway and suddenly contacted to the setiform part (occasionally developing auricle-like lobes in the tapering section); central awn exceeding lateral lobes by 4–8 mm; palea lanceolate to narrowly obovate, exceeding sinus by 1–2.5 mm. Flowers mainly Sep.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. With the exception of the north-west of the State, widespread and common, tolerating a wide range of environments and sometimes a major component in mixed-species grasslands. Often persisting on cleared or cultivated land.


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 (as Danthonia racemosa var. racemosa).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2020-08-21
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Rytidosperma racemosum var. racemosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rytidosperma racemosum var. racemosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory