Lagurus ovatus

Common name: 

Hare's tail Grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Wannon, Grampians, Riverina, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (ACDEGJKLMNPSTWXZ) naturalised in all States except NT

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

Coastal sand dunes1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Tufted annual grass with culms to 60 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The inflorescence resembles a hares tail and is 1-7 cm long and 1-2 cm wide1

Image of Lagurus ovatus
Conservation status:



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