Anthoxanthum odoratumCommon name: Sweet Vernal Grass

Meaning of name: Anthoxanthum is from the Greek words anthos, meaning flower, and xanthos, meaning yellow. Odoratum is from the Latin word odoratus, meaning fragrant.

Distribution: Occurs in disturbed areas throughout the south-west.

Remarks: A tufted perennial from 30 to 60 centimetres tall. Flowering is from November to January. The plants contain coumarin that gives a characteristic fragrance to hay. Native to Europe and Asia.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.
Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.
Description and key to the identification of Grasses in South-Western Australia. JG Paterson. 1992.

Why are there no photographs available for this plant?

The main reason why some plants don’t have photographs is because we haven’t found the plant yet. We have had a few flora surveys conducted and they have indicated that this plant can be found in the bush. The problem is that we just don’t know where in the bush to find it. And if we can’t find it, we can’t photograph it.

Another problem we have is that, while we have a name for the plant, we don’t know what it actually looks like. It’s very difficult to find a plant if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

But rest assured that as soon as we have photographs for this plant we’ll put them on the website.