Scale bar is 1cm
Copper-awned Wallaby-grass - native (Rytidosperma fulvum)
Native. Perennial. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Copper-awned Wallaby-grass is a common in forests and grasslands.
Alternative names: Danthonia linkii var fulva, Austrodanthonia fulva.
- the flower cluster is a compact spray
- the glumes are longer than the lemmas
- the lemmas are forked into two lobes with an awn rising bewteen the lobes
- the lemma has three complete rows of hairs on the back, with scattered hairs between the rows
- the leaves are flat or rolled
- the ligules have a row of hairs 0.8-1.2mm long.
It is sometimes late flowering e.g. early autumn. The flower cluster is long (6-12cm) and generally dense. The lemmas are distinctive; they have three rows of hair tufts, and there are scattered hairs on the back of the lemma. The awn is much twisted at the base and copper coloured.
Rytidosperma: with wrinkled seeds; fulvus: reddish brown, tawny, referring to the awn-base.
Photo 1: The base of the awn is copper-coloured. View from underneath, showing the palea. Typical flower cluster is elongated. Eureka Diggings. 2: Lemma with scattered hairs bewteen the upper rows of hairs. 3: Typical narrow cluster.