Tetrarrhena distichophylla

Common name: 

Hairy Rice-grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (CDEJKNPSTZ) also SA, Tas

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

Dry open-forest on sandy or rocky soils1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Rhizomatous, perennial, mat-forming grass to 50 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Spikelets are less than 7 mm long and flat (not rolled in), leaves are crowded and alternate on the stem. Spikelets are hairy1

Image of Tetrarrhena distichophylla
Image of Tetrarrhena distichophylla
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