Meded. Rijks-Herb. 54A: 385 (1927) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Loosely tufted perennial, culms erect, simple or few-branched, to 50 cm high. Leaves few, basal and cauline; sheaths smooth and glabrous; blade flat to loosely inrolled, to 25 cm long and 3 mm wide, glabrous on lower (abaxial) surface,scabrous to shortly hispid on upper surface; ligule densely ciliate, c. 0.2 mm long. Inflorescence an open to mid-dense, cylindric or ovoid panicle, 7–15 cm long and nearly as wide (including awns); glumes unequal, narrow-acuminate, the lower 6–13 mm long, the upper 13–21 mm long; lemma convolute, narrow-cylindric, 10–14 mm long, shortly aculeate-hispid in the apical half, otherwise smooth, mottled purplish; awn branches subequal, 27–50 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Jan.
MuM, NIS, VRiv. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Known in Victoria by a few collections in grassland or open woodland (Quambatook and Terrick Terrick areas). Occurs in all mainland states.
Resembles Aristida behriana, distinguished primarily by the aculeate-hispid lemma which exceeds the glumes.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|New South Wales|