Aira caryophyllea

Common name: 

Silvery Hair Grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

?Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee (CDEHJKLMNPRSTUVWXYZ) Naturalised in all states except NT

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Wide range of habitats but not in perpetually moist or semi-arid habitats, weed1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Grass to 40 cm high

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The spikelet of this grass is more than 2.2 mm long and the leaves are to 8 cm long1

Image of Aira caryophyllea
Image of Aira caryophyllea
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria