Common name: Tasmanian Wallaby Grass
Rytidosperma semiannulare (Labill.) Connor & Edgar APNI*
Synonyms: Notodanthonia semiannularis (Labill.) Zotov APNI*
Danthonia semiannularis (Labill.) R.Br. APNI*
Description: Erect, caespitose perennials usually <1 m tall.
Culms slender, smooth, c. 3-noded. Sheaths mostly closely enfolding the culms, glabrous, ± smooth; ligule a rather dense ring of hairs c. 0.5 mm long; blade usually involute, rather narrow, the culm leaves short, the lower leaves to c. 15 cm long, glabrous, finely striate.
Inflorescence much exserted, usually narrow-lanceolate, 5–8 cm long. Spikelets not very closely packed, greenish and purplish, the florets c. 60–80% as long as the glumes except for exserted awns. Glumes with distinct membranous margins, the lower sub-7-nerved, the upper 5-nerved, c. 7–11 mm long. Lemmas 2–2.5 mm long, lanceolate, 9-nerved, villous; lateral lobes narrow, tapering into fine points, not or very minutely awned; central awn distinctly brown, twisted at the base, more than twice as long as lateral lobes; palea lanceolate to oblong, very minutely ciliolate on the keels on the upper part.
Distribution and occurrence:
Grows on sandy soils in woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Text by Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).
Taxon concept: Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
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