Calamagrostis drummondii (Steud.) Govaerts (1999:10)

Drummond's grass, Drummond grass



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Pentapogon drummondii Steud. in Syn. Pl. Glumac. 1: 193 (1854); Deyeuxia drummondii (Steud.) Vickery in Contr. New South Wales Natl. Herb. 1: 49 (1940)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1854?; 1867 (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:17)

Rediscovered in 1995 (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:17)


"Collected by Drummond somewhere between Swan River and Cape Riche in 1854, then from two localities in 1867; not re-found until 1995 (although 1976 specimen existed, which was only correctly determined in 1996)"

(Silcock et al., 2019:SM:17)



Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Vickery, J. W. (1940). A Revision of the Australian Species of Deyeuxia Clar. ex Beauv., with Notes on the Status of the Genera Calamagrostis and Deyeuxia, Natl. Herb. 1: 49-53.


Other references:

Barrett, S. (1996). Biological Survey of Mountains of southern Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Albany.

Briggs, J. & Leigh, J. (1988). Rare or threatened Australian plants , rev. ed.: 1-277.

Clayton, W. D., Harman, K. T. and Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Cochrane, A. and Barrett, S. (2000). Drummond’s grass: from presumed extinct to perched on mountain summits. Landscope 16(2): 43-47.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Marchant, N. G. and Keighery, G. J. (1979). Poorly collected and presumably rare vascular plants of Western Australia. Kings Park Research Notes No. 5. West Perth: Kings Park and Botanic Garden. 103 pp.

O'Donoghue, Mike and Atkins, Ken. (2000). Lost Jewels in the Bush. Landscope 15(3): 23-27.

Phillimore, Robyn et al. (2001). Interim Recovery Plan No, 86. Drummond's Grass (Deyeuxia drummondii), Interim Recovery Plan 2001-2004. Department of Conservation and Land Management. 9 pp.

Robinson, Christopher J. and Coates, David J. (1995). Declared Rare and Poorly Known Flora in the Albany District. Western Australian Wildlife Management Program No. 20. Canberra: Australian Nature Conservation Agency / Como, Western Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management. ix + 615 pp.

Silcock, Jen L., Field, Ashley R., Walsh, Neville G. and Fensham, Roderick J. (2019). To name those lost: assessing extinction likelihood in the Australian vascular flora. Oryx 54(2): 167-177. [Supplementary Material]

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.

Wilson, A. (ed.). (2009). Flora of Australia 44A: 1-410. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.


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