Botanical Name: Oplismenus aemulus
Common Name: Australian Basket Grass or Wavy Beard Grass
Oplismenus: From Greek meaning armed, referring to the bristle-like appendages on the spikelets.
aemulus: From Latin meaning allied, referring to the plants similarity to other species.
Habitat: Common in gullies, shaded forests and in damp areas on the forest floor. Provides habitat for insects, lizards and brown quails.
Soils: Sandy and clay soils in damp areas. Suppresses weeds and reduces erosion.
Habit: trailing perennial to 30cm high
Leaves: Covered with fine hairs, 4-18mm wide, slightly wavy. Can be mown like a lawn.
Flowering time: All year round.
Flowers: Bright red stigma and lower awn. Food source for the larvae of the Orange-streaked Ringlet and White-brand Grass-skipper butterflies.
Root system: stoloniferus, taking root along its nodes.
Range: Queensland, NSW and Victoria.Found all over The Hills Shire in damp understories of all plant communities.