Panicum queenslandicum var. queenslandicum

Coolabah Grass

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Tufted perennial. Culms erect, to 60(–80) cm high; nodes glabrous. Leaves glabrous; sheathes pale to purplish; blade loosely inrolled to flat, to 25 cm long and 4 mm wide; ligule 1–1.5 mm long, long-ciliate. Panicle 10–20 cm long and almost (or quite) as wide as long, fully exserted at maturity, primary and secondary branches finally widely spreading; lowest node of inflorescence with whorled branches. Pedicels flattened, their apices angular. Spikelets 3.5–5 mm long, often dark purplish; lower glume 3- or 5-nerved, acuminate, 2.5–3.5 mm long; rachilla exposed for c. 0.3 mm between glumes; upper glume 5- or 7-nerved, acuminate, 3.5–4.8 mm long; lemma of lower floret equal to upper glume or slightly shorter; palea of lower floret rudimentary or up to c. half as long as its lemma; fertile lemma obtuse to acute at maturity, 2.3–2.7 mm long, hard, shining, dorsally rounded; palea subequal to lemma, flat or slightly convex. Flowers Feb. (1 record)

VRiv. Known from two collections in remnant Eucalyptus microcarpa grassy woodland in north-central Victoria (Nathalia and Numurkah areas).

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2016-03-10
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Panicum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Panicum queenslandicum var. queenslandicum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Panicum queenslandicum var. queenslandicum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales