Aira caryophyllea

Common Name:

Silvery Hair Grass



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

?Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee (CDEHJKLMNPRSTUVWXYZ) Naturalised in all states except NT
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Wide range of habitats but not in perpetually moist or semi-arid habitats, weed 1

Flower Description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract 1


Grass to 40 cm high

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The spikelet of this grass is more than 2.2 mm long and the leaves are to 8 cm long 1


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

AusGrass WA Flora VicFlora

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