Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17: 302 (1921) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Tufted glabrous annual or perennial, culms erect, to 20 cm high. Leaf-blades folded, to c. 5 cm long and 0.5 mm wide; ligules obtuse, 1–2 mm long. Inflorescence an open panicle, to 15 cm long and 10 cm wide, its base often only shortly exserted from the upper leaf-sheath, the branches finally spreading but remaining inclined to the culm, the longest branches more than 3 cm long. Spikelets 2–2.7 mm long, often dark purplish; glumes acuminate, the lower usually slightly longer, keeled, scabrous along the keels; lemma shorter than the spikelet by 0.5–0.8 mm, glabrous, awnless; palea absent or minute (less than one-fifth as long as lemma); anthers 0.2–0.5 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb.
GGr, HNF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Locally common in moist alpine grasslands and margins of bogs (e.g. Cobberas, Bogong High Plains, Nunniong Plateau, Dargo High Plains, Mt Buffalo) but apparently absent from the Baw Baws.
While commonly considered an annual, in many, if not most, situations more likely a perennial, but with rather tender, annually replaced foliage. Not infrequently occurring with the similar A. muelleriana and/or A. parviflora.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|