Tetrarrhena laevisCommon name: Forest Ricegrass

Meaning of name: Tetrarrhena is from the Greek words tetra, meaning four, and arrhen, meaning male, ie stamens. Laevis is a Latin word meaning smooth.

Distribution: Found along the Darling Range from Perth to Albany.

Remarks: A grass to 60 centimetres tall. The green flowers are produced from September to November.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.

Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.

Why are there no photographs 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 really 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.