Amphibromus recurvatus Swallen

Dark Swamp Wallaby-grass

Amer. J. Bot. 18: 413 (1931) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial; culms to 1.5 m high. Leaves glabrous, smooth or slightly scabrous; blade flat or loosely inrolled, to 40 cm long, 2–5 mm wide; ligule acute, 6–11 mm long. Inflorescence a slender, rather dense, erect, often purplish panicle, to 20 cm long. Spikelets 4–6-flowered, 7–11 mm long (excluding awns); glumes acute, often purplish, the lower 1–3-nerved, 3.5–5.5 mm long, the upper 3–5-nerved, 4–5.5 mm long; lemma 4–5.2 mm long, densely hispid with short, semi-appressed bristles, apical teeth 4, more or less equal, 0.4–1.2 mm long, dark purplish; awn 9–18 mm long, inserted 35–50% of the lemma length from the apex, column not strongly twisting, 3–5.5 mm long; palea slightly shorter than lemma. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WaP. Also SA, Tas. Occurs in swamps across southern Victoria, but commonest in the south-west.

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, 2019-01-09
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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 recurvatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Amphibromus recurvatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales