Eragrostis leptostachya Steud.

Paddock Love-grass

Syn. Pl. Glumac. 1: 279 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

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

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Tufted, somewhat malodorous perennial, culms weakly ascending to erect, to 1 m high. Leaves smooth and glabrous or with a few fine tubercle-based hairs along the margins; blade flat or inrolled, to 20 cm long and 4 mm wide. Inflorescence a sparse oblong to narrowly pyramidal panicle, to 30 cm long and 10 cm wide, lower branches single or rarely opposite; pedicels about as long as spikelets, with a yellowish glandular band shortly below the spikelet. Spikelet 6–12-flowered, 3–12 mm long and 1–2 mm wide, green or more often tinged purplish-grey; glumes acute, 0.8–2 mm long, the lower usually shorter than upper by c 0.5 mm; lemma 1.5–2 mm long, obtuse to acute; palea slightly shorter than lemma; anthers 0.3–0.8 mm long. Flowers Jan.–Apr.

CVU, EGL, GipP. Also Qld, NSW. Rare, known in Victoria from Eucalyptus tereticornis forest remnants near Stratford and Briagolong in Gippsland where indigenous, and a weedy Themeda triandra remnant near the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, where doubtfully native.

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.
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Eragrostis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eragrostis leptostachya in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eragrostis leptostachya in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory