Slender tufted perennial to 50 cm with fine very hairy leaves, flat or inrolled and 15 cm long.
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Danthonia auriculata, Austrodanthonia auriculata
Very hairy short leaves.
Perennial. More fertile heavy clay-loams and sandy-loams soils in woodland, grassland and mallee.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Wallaby-grasses are drought hardy, tolerate low nutrient soils, but outcompeted by other plant species. Well-adapted to grazing and other disturbance Rytidosperma species are moderately important fodder grasses with 10-25% crude protein when green, and moderate to high digestibility. Important food source for some insects and birds.
Vegetatively similar to the more widespread R. erianthum, varies in the characteristics of the seed. Often growing together. Taxonomic issues and may be considered in the future as a subspecies of the similar and co-occuring Rytidosperma erianthum