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Rytidosperma monticola (Vickery) Connor & Edgar
Family Poaceae
Rytidosperma monticola (Vickery) Connor & Edgar APNI*

Synonyms: Austrodanthonia monticola (Vickery) H.P.Linder APNI*
Danthonia monticola Vickery APNI*

Description: Erect, densely caespitose perennials to 0.5 m high.

Culms smooth, slender, 2 or 3-noded. Sheaths slender, hirsute with short hairs; ligule reduced to short cilia; blade inrolled-setaceous, hirsute to 15 cm long.

Inflorescence lanceolate to ovate, much exserted. Spikelets 4–6-flowered, often purplish or at length straw-coloured, the florets much shorter than the glumes. Glumes mostly 9-nerved, the margins purplish, 8–11 mm long. Lemmas 2–2.5 mm long, more or less ovate-lanceolate, hairy; lateral lobes rather triangular, narrowing rather abruptly into the fine awns; central awn brown and twisted in the lower part; palea ovate-spathulate or obovate-oblong, very minutely ciliolate on the keels.

Distribution and occurrence:

Grows on sandy or granitic soils often in exposed or disturbed sites.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWP, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

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).

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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