Rytidosperma geniculatum (J.M.Black) Connor & Edgar

Kneed Wallaby-grass

New Zealand J. Bot. 17: 323 (1979) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender, tufted perennial. Culms fine to 20–40(–60) cm high, often geniculate near base. Leaves pilose; blade fine, inrolled, to 25 cm long, less than 1 mm wide. Panicle ovate, compact, 1–5 cm long. Spikelets purplish when young, mostly 3–5-flowered; glumes subequal, rather broad-lanceolate, 5–9 mm long; lemma 3–4 mm long, more or less evenly covered with hairs of equal length commencing 1–1.5 mm above the sparse callus tuft; lateral lobes divergent, 4–6 mm long, evenly tapered, lacking, or with very short, setiform tips; central awn scarcely exceeding lateral lobes, shortly twisted at base; palea obovate, not or scarcely exceeding sinus. Flowers mainly Oct.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Occurs mostly on sandy ground, usually near the coast but extending inland in the west. Occasionally occurring amongst rocks in elevated sites, e.g. Grampians and You Yangs.

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 Danthonia geniculata J.M.Black).
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
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Rytidosperma geniculatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rytidosperma geniculatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales