Plants of the Castlemaine District
Mat Grass - native (Hemarthria uncinata)
Native. Perennial. C4.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
- the flower cluster appears to be spike-like, with the spikelets recessed into the stalk, similar to rye grasses
- it has two kinds of spikelets, which are paired; one of the pair has two florets, the first of these male and the second fertile; the second kind of spikelet is male
- each spikelet has two glumes; the glumes are sometimes awned, in which case the awn is often hooked.
- the leaves flat or folded.
- the ligules are a fringed membrane and 0.2-0.5mm long.
Mat Grass, as its name suggests, is usually a low growing mat-forming grass.
hemi: half, arthron: a joint, the joints along the stem often appear incomplute. uncinata: hooked, referring to the hooked glumes.
1,2,3. Mat Grass. The stems are curved. The glumes have short awns. Mildura.