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

Synonyms: Rytidosperma nivicolum (Vickery) Connor & Edgar APNI*
Danthonia nivicola Vickery APNI*

Description: Small caespitose perennials to 0.3 m high, with a short, suberect rhizome.

Culms smooth, very slender, 2 or 3-noded. Sheaths smooth, glabrous or sometimes pubescent on the nerves; ligule inconspicuous, minutely ciliate; blade fine, setaceous tightly inrolled, to 10 cm long, smooth glabrous, or sometimes with a few hairs on the inner surface.

Inflorescence much exserted, small, c. 2–3 cm long, few-flowered, subracemose. Spikelets c. 8 mm long, usually 4-flowered, pedicellate, often purplish. Glumes usually purplish. Lemmas 3–4 mm long, obscurely 3-nerved; lateral lobes acute or shortly acuminate, not or scarcely awned, central awn shortly exceeding the lobes; palea ciliolate on the margins.

Flowering: Flowers in summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows at higher altitudes, often associated with R. nudiflorum on slopes, creek banks or amongst rocks; south from Kosciusko area.
NSW subdivisions: NT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
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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