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Family: Poaceae
Danthonia geniculata

Citation: J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 53:261 (1929).

Synonymy: Nolodanthonia geniculata (J. Black) Zotov, New Zealand J. Bot. 1:114 (1963); Rytidosperma geniculatum (J. Black)Connor & Edgar, New Zealand J. Bot. 17:323 (1979).

Common name: Kneed wallaby-grass.

Tufted perennial; stems slender, 10-45 cm high, often geniculate near the base; leaves filiform, abaxial surface pubescent with short tubercle-based hairs c. 0.5 mm long, inrolled; ligule finely ciliate, collar hairs c. 2 mm long.

Panicle dense, oblong to ovoid, pale, 1.5-5 cm long; spikelets 4-6-flowered, florets a little shorter than the glumes; glumes 5-8 mm long, broadest about the middle, 7-nerved; body of the lemma c. 2.5 mm (including the callus of 0.75 mm), c. 2 mm long hairs scattered all over the abaxial surface; lateral lobes 4-6 mm long, lanceolate and with awns 1-2 mm long, the central awn geniculate from the base, loosely twisted once or twice, scarcely exceeding the lateral lobes; palea obovate, obtuse, c. 3 mm long, reaching the sinus, pubescent on the back; anthers 0.5-1 mm long, white; grain c. 1.3 mm long, obovate.

Distribution:    Vic..   Introduced into New Zealand.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly Oct. — Dec. and March.

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Biology: Plants otherwise resembling this species have lemma hairs in tufts. "Though small and not outstanding in quality, this species should be a useful constituent of natural pastures in southern parts of the continent with a fairly good rainfall". Vickery (1956).

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