Avellinia festucoides (Link) Valdés & H.Scholz

Willdenowia 36: 662 36: 662 (2006)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Culms erect, to 30 cm high. Leaves pubescent with short, retrorse hairs; blade to 5 cm long and 2.5 mm wide; ligule membranous, ciliate-toothed at summit, to 1 mm long. Panicle with ascending branches, 1–8 cm long; lower glume 1–2 mm long, upper glume 3–6 mm long; lemma 3–4.5 mm long, apical lobes to 1 mm long; awn fine and straight, 1.5–2.5 mm long; palea up to c. one-half as long as lemma. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *LoM, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WPro, *Wim. Also naturalised in WA, SA, Tas. Native to the Meditteranean area, widely naturalised in temperate regions of the world. An occasional weed of sandy soils chiefly in the west of the state with isolated occurrences in the north-east (e.g. Warby Ranges) and south-east (e.g. Wilsons Promontory, Gippsland Lakes).

Until recently, known as A. michelii (Savi) Parl., a synonym derived from a later base-name (Bromus michelii Savi, 1808) than that of A. festucoides (Bromus festucoides Link, 1800).

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 Avellinia michelii (Savi) Parl.).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2019-06-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Avellinia
Higher taxa


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