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Scientific Name:Puccinellia perlaxa (syn. Puccinellia stricta var. perlaxa)
Lax Saltmarsh Grass
Lax Saltmarsh-grass - population
Photo: A J Brown


Mainly native to Victoria but occasionally recorded for Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia.

Plant Description:

Tufted, erect, hairless
perennial or annual grass to 50 cm tall with slender, smooth, green, inrolled leaves to 30 cm long and 1 mm wide; ligule membranous, blunt, 1-2 mm long.

Inflorescence, a green to purple, broad and open panicle to 30 cm long and 25 cm wide and fully exserted from the upper leaf sheath.

Spikelets 3-5 flowered, frequently purple and more or less widely separated along the panicle branches.


Common across saline swamps and around salt lakes throughout the
Victorian Volcanic Plain and scattered through the Wimmera.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
WimmeraS2, S3, S4W2, W3
WesternS3, S4W2, W3


Puccinellia species in Victoria include the native; Australian Saltmarsh-grass (P. stricta), the exotic volunteer; Borrer’s Saltmarsh-grass (P. fasciculata) (with which Lax Saltmarsh-grass is often found) and the exotic sown; Puccinellia (P. ciliata). A simplified key can be accessed here – Key to species.

Lax Saltmarsh-grass Photos

Lax Saltmarsh Grass - panicle
Lax Saltmarsh-grass - panicles
Photo: A J Brown
Lax Saltmarsh Grass
Lax Saltmarsh-grass
Photo: A J Brown

Lax Saltmarsh Grass - spikelets
Lax Saltmarsh-grass - spikelets
Photo: A J Brown

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