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Danthonia intermedia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Danthonioideae
Genus: Danthonia
Type species
Danthonia spicata
(L.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult.[1]
  • Sieglingia Bernh.
  • Merathrepta Raf.
  • Brachatera Desv.
  • Triodon Baumg.
  • Danthosieglingia Domin

Danthonia is a genus of Eurasian, North African, and American plants in the grass family.[3] Members of this genus are sometimes referred to as oatgrass, but that common name is not restricted to this genus. Other common names include heathgrass and wallaby grass.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

  1. Danthonia alpina Vest – central + southern Europe; Ukraine, Turkey, Caucasus
  2. Danthonia annableae P.M.Peterson & RúgoloBolivia, Argentina
  3. Danthonia araucana Phil.Chile
  4. Danthonia boliviensis RenvoizeBolivia
  5. Danthonia × breviaristata (Beck) Vierh – France, Italy, Austria, Czech Rep, Romania
  6. Danthonia breviseta Hack.Rio de Janeiro
  7. Danthonia californica Bol.BC ALB SAS WA OR CA NV ID UT MT WY SD CO AZ NM; Chile
  8. Danthonia cernua DöllBrazil
  9. Danthonia chaseana ConertMinas Gerais
  10. Danthonia chiapasensis DavidseChiapas
  11. Danthonia chilensis É.Desv.Argentina, Chile incl Juan Fernández Is
  12. Danthonia cirrata Hack. & Arechav.Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay
  13. Danthonia compressa Austin – mountain oatgrass, flattened oatgrass, slender oatgrass – eastern North America from Georgia to Nova Scotia + Ontario
  14. Danthonia decumbens (L.) DC. – common heath grass – Europe, North Africa, Turkey, Caucasus
  15. Danthonia domingensis Hack. & Pilg.Hispaniola, Jamaica
  16. Danthonia holm-nielsenii LaegaardEcuador
  17. Danthonia intermedia Vasey – timber oatgrass, intermediate oatgrass – western United States, Canada, Russian Far East
  18. Danthonia malacantha (Steud.) Pilg.Chile incl Juan Fernández Is
  19. Danthonia melanathera (Hack.) BernardelloArgentina
  20. Danthonia montevidensis Hack. & Arechav.Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay
  21. Danthonia parryi Scribn.ALB SAS CO MT WY NM
  22. Danthonia rhizomata SwallenBrazil, Uruguay
  23. Danthonia rugoloana SulekicSalta
  24. Danthonia secundiflora J.Presl – from Mexico to Uruguay
  25. Danthonia sericea Nutt. – eastern + central United States
  26. Danthonia spicata (L.) Roem. & Schult. – poverty oatgrass, simply poverty grass – from Alaska + Greenland to Veracruz
  27. Danthonia unispicata (Thurb.) Munro ex Macoun – onespike oatgrass – ALB BC SAS WA ID MT OR WY SD UT NV CA
Formerly included[2]

A number of species which were formerly classified under Danthonia are now included in Amphibromus, Astrebla, Austrodanthonia, Chionochloa, Joycea, Karroochloa, Monachather, Merxmuellera, Notodanthonia, Pentaschistis, Plinthanthesis, Rytidosperma or Schismus.


  1. ^ "Danthonia". Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Candolle, Augustin Pyramus de. 1805. Flore Française. Troisième Édition 3: 32
  4. ^ "Genere Danthonia". Altervista Flora Italiana.
  5. ^ Wu, Zhen-lan; Phillips, Sylvia M. "Danthonia". Flora of China. 22 – via eFloras.org, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
  6. ^ "Danthonia DC.". Flora of Pakistan. Missouri Botanical Garden – via Tropicos.org.
  7. ^ "Danthonia". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  8. ^ "Danthonia". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI).
  9. ^ "Danthonia DC., Wallaby grasses". Atlas of Living Australia.
  10. ^ Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1992 onwards. The grass genera of the world: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval; including synonyms, morphology, anatomy, physiology, phytochemistry, cytology, classification, pathogens, world and local distribution, and references. Version: 28 November 2005.
  11. ^ "Danthonia". The Plant List (2010). Version 1. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Danthonia". County-level distribution maps from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014.