hygrometrica: is known as the
Golden Weather-grass. Another name is Golden Weather Glass. We think that the
second name is a typographical error. We do not know of the origin of the
unusual name but hygrometrica means moisture showing.
The Golden Weather-grass is a member of the Hypoxidaceae family. There are
about 150 species and are found in America, Africa, East Asia as well as
Australia. Ten species are native to Australia.
Hypoxis hygrometrica is
a perennial herb with a corm (a bulb-like structure). The roots are
fleshy-fibrous and the leaves linear, dark green and grass-like in appearance
(hence part of the common name). In spring and summer golden yellow flowers
appear. They are two centimetres in diameter and individual flowers are
carried on a stem about ten centimetres long.
The Golden Weather-grass is found throughout New South Wales as well as
Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. It is a variable species
with three recognised varieties and grows in moist situations.
grows naturally at Yallaroo and is common, in the grass, on the margins of our
dams. The plants are only visible when in flower. At other times their foliage
merges with the grass.
We have not tried to propagate Hypoxis hygrometrica but
apparently plants resent being moved. Propagation is from seed.
is a colourful small plant and in the flowering season brings colour to the
moist edges of our dams.