Dactyloctenium radulans (R.Br) P.Beauv.


Ess. Agrostogr. 72 (1812) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted annual, culms sometimes branched, prostrate or to 30 cm high. Leaves with scattered, tubercle-based hairs (rarely glabrous); blade scabrous, to 10 cm long and 4 mm wide; ligule a densely ciliate membrane, c. 0.5 mm long. Inflorescence a dense cluster of 4–10 spikes, each spike 5–12 mm long and c. 5 mm wide. Spikelets 3–5-flowered, 3–5 mm long; glumes 2–3 mm long, usually with a short, slightly recurved mucro; lemma 3–4.5 mm long, broad at base, narrowly tapered and acute or mucronate at apex; palea slightly shorter than lemma; grain c. 1 mm long, ovoid, with deep, rounded, transverse ridges. Flowers Feb.–Apr.

MuF, MuM, RobP. All mainland states. Confined in Victoria to the Murray River floodplain and closely adjacent areas in the far north-west (Swan Hill to Mildura), but rarely collected and possibly only conspicuous in favourable seasons. Sometimes colonising cleared or disturbed ground.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dactyloctenium radulans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dactyloctenium radulans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales