Definition of danthonia in English:



mass noun
  • A widely distributed tufted grass that grows on poor soils and is of low palatability to grazing animals.

    Genus Danthonia, family Gramineae

    • ‘We examined the field distribution of Danthonia spicata infected and uninfected by the epiphytic fungus Atkinsonella hypoxylon relative to soil resource levels.’
    • ‘In dry, open, lowland situations, the hairy and ringed Danthonias, D. pilosa and D. semiannularis, are common.’
    • ‘Experiments prove to me that many of the New Zealand grasses are very valuable for their feeding and fattening properties, such as the Danthonias.’
    • ‘The Danthonia was decimated by the corellas this year. The mothers just pulled up all the new growth by the 1,000's when plowing the paddocks.’
    • ‘Central to this successful group of semi-arid species is the suite of danthonias, known in Australia as ‘wallaby grasses’.’


Modern Latin, named after Étienne Danthoine, 19th-century French botanist.