Deyeuxia pungens N.G.Walsh

Muelleria 7: 452 (1992) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Tufted perennial, culms strongly erect, to 100 cm high. Leaves scabrous, rather strongly ribbed; blade mostly closely inrolled, to 45 cm long and 1.5 mm diam., rigidly erect and more or less needle-pointed; ligule papery, acute, soon disintegrating, 4–11 mm long. Inflorescence a contracted, almost spike-like panicle, sometimes interrupted and/or narrowly lobed near the base, 10–30 cm long. Spikelets narrow, 4–5 mm long, purplish, maturing to straw-coloured; glumes equal, acuminate, sometimes shortly mucronate, scabrous along the keel; lemma subequal to glumes, rather prominently 5–7-nerved, smooth or sparsely and minutely scabrous, hyaline toward the narrowly truncate or erose apex, awnless or awned from just below the apex; awn (when present) fine, straight, to c. 0.5 mm long, not exceeding lemma and remaining more or less appressed to it; callus hairs c. 1 mm long; rachilla bristle c. 0.3 mm long, glabrous or with a short terminal hair-tuft; anthers c. 2 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Jan.

EGU. Apparently endemic. Known only from bare sandstone crags and dry rocky woodland in rain-shadow country near Suggan Buggan.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Deyeuxia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Deyeuxia pungens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Deyeuxia pungens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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