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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Rytidosperma tenuius
3 synonyms:   Austrodanthonia tenuior , Danthonia purpurascens , Danthonia tenuior
Common Name:purplish wallaby-grass
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Grass, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
25-40 cm (stems to 1 m) x 40 cm
Foliage:Hairless to hairy, flat or folded leaves to 25 cm x 4 mm, becoming loosely inrolled.
Flowers:Narrow flowerheads 3-15 cm long. Purplish spikelets 4-6-flowered. Broad, firm, shiny lower floral bract, 2 rows of hairs, some also scattered between; upper hairs longer than twisted part of central bristle; lobes slender, tapering, October-January
Erect, loosely tufted perennial grass. Purplish bracts of young flowers is attractive and helps identification. Useful growing with other grasses and herbs or under trees. Cool moist to well drained soil.

  1. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  3. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  4. iNaturalist
  5. Atlas of Living Australia
  6. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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