Common name: Silvertop Wallaby Grass, Redanther Wallaby Grass
Rytidosperma pallidum (R.Br.) A.M. Humphreys & H.P.Linder APNI*
Synonyms: Joycea pallida (R.Br.) H.P.Linder APNI*
Chionochloa pallida (R.Br.) S.W.L.Jacobs APNI*
Danthonia pallida R.Br. APNI*
Description: Robust, densely caespitose perennial to 1.2 m high.
Leaves with lower sheaths becoming loose; ligule ciliate, 1–6 mm long; blade inrolled-setaceous, rather rigid, sometimes flexuous, inner surface somewhat grooved.
Panicle exserted, loose, spreading, usually many-flowered, 8–35 cm long. Spikelets 2–6-flowered, loosely arranged. Glumes 3–5-nerved, subequal, rather narrow, acuminate, 8–22 mm long. Lemma membranous, 4–5 mm long; lateral lobes uniformly membranous, 3–6 mm long, acute or somewhat truncate; central awn fine, geniculate, twisted in the lower part, c. 7–16 mm long. Palea almost linear to linear-lanceolate, nearly equalling the entire part of the lemma, 2-fid.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, generally on upland, acid soils of low fertility.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008); name updated August 2012
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