Rytidosperma monticola (Vickery) Connor & Edgar

New Zealand J. Bot. 17: 332 (1979) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Compact tufted perennial. Culms to 45 cm high. Leaves usually with short, scattered hairs; blade fine, inrolled, to 8(–15) cm long and 0.5(–0.8) mm diam. Panicle ovate, often secund, 2–5 cm long. Spikelets often purplish-tinted, 4–6-flowered; glumes subequal, acuminate, 6.5–11 mm long; lemma rather broad, 1.5–3 mm long, with 2 rows of hairs, the lower 0.5–1 mm above the callus tuft, and shortly overlapping the base of the upper row, the hairs of which are about equal to the top of the twisted part of the central awn; lateral lobes erect or slightly spreading, 6–8 mm long, tapered evenly to the rather abruptly tapered to the setae which are about as long as the flat part; central awn subequal to or up to 4 mm longer than lateral lobes; palea obovate, , about 3 times as long as wide, the keels shortly ciliate, teh body glabrous or pubescent bewteen them, exceeding sinus by about 1 mm. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

CVU, EGL, EGU, Gold, GGr, HNF, MonT, NIS, VRiv, VVP. Also NSW, ACT. Mostly in dryish grassy woodland, chiefly through central and north-eastern Victoria (e.g. Ararat, Warby Range), but with isolated occurrences in the far east (e.g. Mt Delegate, upper Genoa R), but rather rare in Victoria.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2016-04-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-09-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Rytidosperma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Rytidosperma monticola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rytidosperma monticola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory