Cynodon dactylon var. pulchellus Benth.

Fl. Austral. 6: 609 (1878) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Spikes 2–4, mostly less than 3 cm long; spikelets 2.5–3 mm long; lemma with dense, ± appressed, silky hairs along the keel; leaves with scattered, spreading, tubercle-based hairs in the lower half. Flowers Feb.–May.

MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv. Also ?WA, SA, NSW. Apparently indigenous and rare in Victoria, recorded only from the Murray River floodplain downstream of Cobram (e.g. Barmah Forest, Tocumwal, Ulupna Island, Kerang, Hattah Lakes, Neds Corner), but often locally common. Usually on silty or clay soils in Eucalyptus camaldulensis woodland.

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, 2018-10-04
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Cynodon
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cynodon dactylon var. pulchellus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cynodon dactylon var. pulchellus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales