Pentameris pallida (Thunb.) Galley & H.P.Linder

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 97: 334 (2010) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Caespitose biennial or weak perennial; culms erect, to 45 cm high. Leaves pilose overall and often with small, saucer-shaped glands on the margins and near-marginal veins; blade flat or somewhat incurved, to 6 cm long and 2 mm wide; ligule ciliate, 1–1.5 mm long with tufts of longer hairs at the sides. Inflorescence a fairly dense, more or less ovoid panicle, 2–6 cm long and up to 2 cm wide; panicle branches sometimes glandular (but not noted on Victorian specimens). Spikelets 2-flowered, 3–5 mm long (excluding awns), the florets (excluding awns) considerably shorter than the subequal, slightly gaping, acuminate glumes; lemmas oblong, the body 2–2.5 mm long, with scattered to moderately dense pale hairs dorsally, dense on the callus, central awn shining brown, 6–9 mm long, bent below halfway, lateral awns pale, c. 2 mm long, remaining straight; palea narrowly oblong, about as long as body of lemma; anthers c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb. (3 records)

*GipP. Also naturalised WA, SA. A weed of restricted distribution in Australia, but locally common near Perth, Adelaide and south-eastern South Australia. Native to South Africa. Known only from Yarram and near Golden Beach area where locally well established.on roadsides in disturbed heathland on sandy ground.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-10-03
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Pentameris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pentameris pallida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pentameris pallida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia