Common name: Wallaby Grass
Rytidosperma bipartitum (Link) A.M. Humphreys & H.P.Linder APNI*
Synonyms: Rytidosperma bipartitum (Link) H.P.Linder APNI*
Rytidosperma linkii (Kunth) Connor & Edgar var. linkii APNI*
Rytidosperma linkii (Kunth) Connor & Edgar APNI*
Austrodanthonia bipartita (Link) H.P.Linder APNI*
Danthonia linkii var. linkii Kunth APNI*
Description: Erect, somewhat variable, densely caespitose perennial to 0.7 m high.
Culms smooth, slender, c. 4-noded. Sheaths usually smooth; ligule shortly ciliate; blade rather flat to loosely or closely involute, usually subglabrous, hirsute, 20–30 cm long.
Inflorescence with a few-numerous spikelets, spreading or contracted, lanceolate to ovate, 4–12 cm long. Spikelets 6-flowered, crowded, pale-greenish to straw-coloured, the florets shorter than the glumes except for the awns. Glumes with firmly membranous margins, 8–13 mm long. Lemmas 3–3.5 mm long, lanceolate, hairy on the back; lateral lobes striate in the lower part, tapering very gradually into 2–3 mm long awns; central awn about as long as lobes, reflexed above the sinus, rarely twisted; palea lanceolate-elliptical, hirsute on the back.
Distribution and occurrence:
Usually on heavy clay or loamy soils in open country.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B. Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).
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