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Rytidosperma oreophilum H.P.Linder & N.G.Walsh
Family Poaceae
Rytidosperma oreophilum H.P.Linder & N.G.Walsh APNI*

Synonyms: Austrodanthonia oreophila (H.P.Linder & N.G.Walsh) H.P.Linder APNI*
Notodanthonia oreophila (H.P.Linder & N.G.Walsh) H.P.Linder APNI*

Description: Caespitose perennials to c. 50 cm tall.

Sheaths with scattered tubercle-based hairs; ligule minutely ciliate, c. 0.1 mm long; orifice with hairs to c. 2 mm long; blade 1.5–2 mm wide, flat, with scattered tubercle-based hairs.

Inflorescence contracted, with 1–2 branches, 1.5–6 cm long; pedicels villous. Spikelets 12–17 mm long, usually with 5 to 6 florets. Glumes acute to acuminate, 12–17 mm long, slightly longer than the florets, 5-nerved. Lemmas 2.4–3.7 mm long, with hairs in discrete tufts that are in 2 complete transverse rows, quite glabrous between the rows; lateral lobes 5.4–8.5 mm long including setae 2–3.3 mm long; central awn 7.5–10 mm long, at maturity twisted in the basal 2.5–3.5 mm; palea slightly exceeding lemma sinus, obovate.

Distribution and occurrence:

Grows in subalpine grasslands or heathlands.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Text by S.W.L. Jacobs (2004)
Taxon concept: D.J.B. Wheeler, S.W.L. Jacobs & R.D.B. Whalley (2002)

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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