Rytidosperma australe (Petrie) H.P.Linder

Telopea 6: 613 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Rhizomatous perennial, typically forming a close turf, culms to 8 cm high; leaves smooth and glabrous; blade rather stiff, closely folded or inrolled, 1–3 cm long and c. 0.5 mm wide; sheath often tinged purple; ligule ciliate, c. 0.3 mm long; inflorescence a raceme of 2–5 spikelets, to 1.5 cm long. Spikelets 2–3-flowered, 2.5–3.5 mm long; glumes purplish, ovate, obtuse, 2.5–3.5 mm long; lemma glabrous, ovate, c. 2 mm long, obtuse or emarginate at apex with a minute awn to 0.2 mm long within the notch; palea narrowly obovate, slightly shorter than lemma. Flowers Jan.–Feb.

VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Very rare, known only from broad, wet, gravelly creek beds and margins on the Bogong High Plains, near Mt Cope.

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 Erythranthera australis (Petrie) Zotov).
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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Rytidosperma australe in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rytidosperma australe in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present native

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