Echinopogon ovatus

Common name: 

Common Hedgehog-grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (DEHJKMNPRSTUVWXYZ) all States except NT

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

Moist forests1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Rhizomatous perennial with culms to 1 m high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The inflorescence is bristly, the lemma is less than 5 mm long and the panicle is dense and ovoid1

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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