Aira praecox

Common name: 

Early Hair Grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEJKNPRSTVWXZ) naturalised in WA, NSW, Tas

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

Sandy soils, weed1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Grass to 25 cm high

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Leaves of this species are shorter than Aira caryophyllea, which has leaves to 8 cm. Leaves of Aira praecox are to 4 cm long1

Image of Aira praecox
Image of Aira praecox
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