Grass family: POACEAE (COMMELINIDAE) in Australia
including
Agrostidaceae, Andropogonaceae, Anomochloaceae, Anthoxanthaceae, Arundinaceae, Arundinellaceae, Asperellaceae, Avenaceae, Bambusaceae, Cenchraceae, Chaeturaceae, Chloridaceae, Coleanthaceae, Cynodontaceae, Cynosuraceae, Echinariaceae, Ehrhartaceae, Eragrostidaceae, Festucaceae, Glyceriaceae, Gramineae, Hordeaceae, Lepturaceae, Miliaceae, Ophiuraceae, Oryzaceae, Panicaceae, Pappophoraceae, Parianaceae, Paspalaceae, Phalaridaceae, Pharaceae, Sporobolaceae, Stipaceae, Streptochaetaceae, Triticaceae, and Zoysiaceae

Flower
Families
Flowers in Australia
  
  
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Plants in Australia Plant
Classes

Agrostis
Blown Grass
Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria
Photo: courtesy of
Laura Levens

Austrodanthonia penicillata
Slender Wallaby Grass
Morwell Park, December 2001

Avena fatua
Wild Oat
Sydney, August 2006

Bambusa longispicula
Spiky Bamboo
Sydney, August 2006

Bambusa vulgaris
Common Bamboo
Sydney, August 2006

Cortaderia jubata
Pampas Grass
Concord, March 2007

Cymbopogon species
Lemon Grass
Sydney, July 2007

Dichanthium sericeum
Silky Blue Grass
Dulkaninna Station , South Australia
Photo: courtesy of
Laura Levens

Echinopogon caespitosus
Bushy Hedgehog Grass
Wyee, August 2007

Hordeum vulgare
Barley
Sydney, December 2006

Joycea pallida
Red-anther Wallaby Grass
Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria
Photo: courtesy of
Laura Levens

Paspalum quadrifarium
Tussock Paspalum
Taree, April 2008

Pennisetum advena
Purple Fountaingrass
Sydney, December 2006

Poa tenera
Slender Tussock Grass
Morwell Park, December 1991

Saccharum officinarum
Sugar Cane
Bundaberg, October 2006

Sorghum bicolor
Sorghum
Concord, November 2006

Themeda triandra = australis
Kangaroo Grass
Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria
Photo: courtesy of
Laura Levens

Thysanolaena maxima
Tiger Grass
Wyee, November 2008

Triticum aestivum
Wheat
Wyee, May 2009

Zea mays
Sweet Corn
Sydney, August 2006

Many caterpillars of Australian Butterflies and Moths favour the plants in POACEAE for their food. Many are agricultural pests on pastures, and on crops such as cereals and sugar cane. These Lepidoptera species include:


Argynnina cyrila

Argynnina hobartia

Geitoneura acantha

Geitoneura klugii

Geitoneura minyas

Heteronympha merope

Heteronympha mirifica

Heteronympha paradelpha

Heteronympha penelope

Heteronympha solandri

Hypocysta adiante

Hypocysta angustata

Hypocysta euphemia

Hypocysta irius

Hypocysta pseudirius

Melanitis leda

Mycalesis perseus

Mycalesis sirius

Mycalesis terminus

Oreixenica correae

Oreixenica kershawi

Oriexenica lathoniella

Oreixenica latialis

Oreixenica orichora

Oreixenica ptunarra

Orsotriaena medus

Ypthima arctous

Anisynta cynone

Herimosa albovenata

Neohesperilla xiphiphora

Ocybadistes knightorum

Parnara amalia

Pelopidas agna

Taractrocera anisomorpha

Telicota ancilla

Toxidia andersoni

Toxidia inornatus

Oxycanus antipoda

Elhamma australasiae

Pterolocera amplicornis

Anthela acuta

Anthela ocellata

Anthela basigera

Anthela denticulata

Anthela euryphrica

Ephysteris promptella

Pamphlebia rubrolimbraria

Bathytricha truncata

Persectania ewingii

Dasygaster padockina

Metopiora sanguinata

Leucania stenographa

Mythimna convecta

Mythimna reversa

Mythimna separata

Synemon collecta

Chalciope alcyona

Herpetogramma licarsisalis

Cnaphalocrocis poeyalis

Bradina admixtalis

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(updated 21 April 2013)