Pentapogon quadrifidus

Common name: 

Five-awned Spear-grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions except Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Wimmera (CDEHJKLMNPRSTVWXZ) also SA, NSW, Tas

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

Heaths and woodlands1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Tufted perennial with culms 30-60 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The spikelets are 1-flowered. The lemma has a strong, twisted central awn and two weaker awns on either side1

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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