Danthonia decumbens (L.) DC.


Fl. Franc., edn 3, 3: 33 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted or shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms erect, often geniculate near base, to 70 cm high. Leaves glabrous or with scattered spreading hairs; blade flat or folded, to 40 cm long and 3 mm wide; sheath pale or purplish; ligule ciliate, c. 0.5 mm long, with tufts of longer hairs at the sides; inflorescence a slender, compact, race-mose panicle 2–6 cm long, usually with 4–10 spikelets. Spikelets 4–6-flowered, plump, ovoid, 7–14 mm long, pale green or purplish; glumes acute, subequal, 6–12 mm long; lemmas ovate to broad-elliptic, 5–8 mm long, with a notch c 1 mm deep at the apex from which a short (0.3–1.2 mm) awn arises; lemma surface smooth and glabrous except for callus and a few marginal hairs; palea ovate, slightly shorter than lemma, ciliate along margin. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

*GipP, *HSF, *Strz, *VVP, *WPro. Also naturalised Tas. Occurs chiefly on damp soils and usually with predominantly indigenous species of woodlands and grasslands. Not known from north of the Dividing Range.

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 Sieglingia decumbens (L.) Bernh.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Danthonia decumbens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Danthonia decumbens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

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New South Wales