Poa labillardierei var. labillardierei

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tussock usually at least half as high as the culm; sheaths pale, very rarely purplish; blades flat or more often channelled, occasionally loosely inrolled, to 80 cm long and 3.5 mm wide, not or rarely bluish. Flowers mainly Oct.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. The common tussock grass of streamsides and alluvial flats through most of the State, but rare in the north-west (e.g. at Wood Wood, north-west of Swan Hill) and uncommon in the Wimmera (e.g. Donald, Dimboola districts) and rare above c. 1500 m, where largely replaced by the very similar but more robust P. helmsii.

In near-coastal habitats where P. poiformis grows, some intermediate forms between it and P. labillardierei may occur.

A distinctive form with completely glabrous lemmas, lacking a web, occurs near drainage lines of the Volcanic Plain (e.g. Derrinallum, Darlington, Warrnambool, Dunkeld, Shelford areas). It is often more robust than typical forms of the variety which may grow in association with it. On stony rises of the plain (e.g. near Lake Corangamite, Lake Condah) plants with similar features may develop rhizomes. Further work is required to determine if the apparent distinctness of this form warrants taxonomic recognition.

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, 2018-12-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Poa
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Poa labillardierei var. labillardierei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Poa labillardierei var. labillardierei in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory