Ess. Agrostogr. 91: t.18 fig.3 (1812) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Tufted glabrous perennial, culms erect, to 150 cm high. Leaves glabrous; blade inrolled or flat, smooth on the lower surface, scabrous above, to 50 cm long and 4 mm wide; ligule firm, acute, 3–10 mm long. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle, 8–30 cm long. Spikelets 2-(rarely 3)-flowered, 3.5–6 mm long, shining; glumes lanceolate, 3–4 mm long, usually purplish; lemma oblong, 3–4.5 mm long, membranous, erose at apex, callus hairs c. 1 mm long; awn straight, inserted halfway down lemma or lower, shortly exceeding lemma apex, rarely about as long as lemma; rachilla bristle plumose, slightly shorter than upper lemma. Flowers Sep.–Feb.
CVU, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, HNF, HSF, OtP, SnM, VAlp. Widely distributed throughout the world and largely confined to damp peaty sites at both low and high elevations. In Victoria, an uncommon grass of damp to wet alpine or subalpine grasslands (e.g. Bennison, Bogong, Dargo and Nunniong Plains, Omeo district) with a disjunct occurrences near Woodend, Colac and Dartmoor in the far south-west. A 1905 specimen at MEL labelled 'Sandringham' is of dubious origin.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|