Sporobolus africanus

Common Name:

Rat-tail Grass



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Riverina, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, East Gippsland (DEGJKLNPRSTUWXZ) naturalised in all States except NT
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Near-coastal areas, along roadsides 1

Flower Description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract 1


Tufted perennial grass with culms to 70 cm high 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The inflorescence is narrow, the upper glume is half as long as the spikelet and the spikelets are to 2 mm long 1


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

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