Scale bar is 1cm
Wallaby-grasses - native (Rytidosperma species)
Wallaby grasses are native perennial grasses. The lemmas are distinctive - the tip of the lemma is divided into two tapering lobes which end in slender bristles. An awn rises from the base of the lobes, and the lemmas have (variably) hairy backs.
The degree of hairiness is important. Usually the hairs are in tufts in three rows. Some of the hair tufts in some of the rows may be absent, or there may be scattered hairs beween the tufts, or the lemmas may be hairy all over.
Members of the wallaby grass group have at times been classified as Danthonia, Austrodanthonia, and Chionochloa or Joycea.
Lemma back hairy all over, or hairy between rows.
Hair tufts on lemmas in 3 complete rows, smooth between rows
Some hair tufts absent
in honour of E. Danthonine, an 18th-19th Century French botanist. Austrodanthonia:
the southern Danthonias, Rytidosperma:
with wrinkled seeds.