Poa poiformis var. ramifer D.I.Morris

Muelleria 7: 169 (1990) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Plants with elongated rhizomes or stolons; sheaths and stolons often reddish-pigmented. Description otherwise as for species. Flowers Sep.-Feb.

Brid, EGL, GipP, OtP. Known from scattered areas along the coast (e.g. Cape Bridgewater, Otway Coast, Portsea, Mallacoota areas. Also Tas.

Apart from the ramifying habit there appears to be no reliable characters to separate this from Poa poiformis var. poiformis and it may be that the variation is at least partly ecotypic - occurring when plants are partly buried by mobile sand or when plants are growing in shade.

There has been considerable confusion over the application of this name, sometimes being referred to a fine-leaved coastal grass with an extremely contracted inflorescence, mostly tussock-forming but sometimes ramifying. This latter entity appears to be close to, if not conspecific with P. halmaturina J.M.Black and is tentatively treated as such here. It is more often associated with calcareous sands or shallow silliceous sands overlying basalt.

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.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2016-03-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Poa
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Poa poiformis var. ramifer in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Poa poiformis var. ramifer in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Bridgewater present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

State distribution

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