Ehrharta calycinaCommon name: Perennial Veldt Grass

Meaning of name: Ehrharta honours Friedrich Ehrharta (1742 – 1795), a Swiss botanist. Calycina is from the Latin words calyx and inus, meaning like a calyx. Botanically it is applied when the calyx is somehow unusual.

Distribution: Occurs from Geraldton to Esperance.

Remarks: A tufted perennial to 80 centimetres tall. The reddish-purple flowers are produced mainly in August and September. Native to South Africa.

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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.