Poa fax J.H.Willis & Court

Scaly Poa

Muelleria 1: 45 (1956) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Slender, erect annual, culms scabrous, to 40 cm high. Leaves glabrous, occasionally scabrous; sheath loose; blade flat, rather thin and weak, to c. 10 cm long and 2.5 mm wide; ligule obtuse, thinly membranous, 1–4 mm long. Inflorescence a narrow, interrupted or almost spike-like panicle, with short appressed branches, to 15 cm long. Spikelets strongly compressed, mostly 5–10-flowered, 5–13 mm long; glumes subequal or the upper slightly longer, mostly 3–5-nerved, 2–3 mm long; lemma very obtuse, 3.5–4.5 mm long, 9–11-nerved with prominent grooves between the nerves, densely silky-hairy on the margins and most of the nerves in the lower half; web absent or weakly developed. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

Brid, Gold, LoM, MuM, VAlp, VRiv, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Mostly confined to dune mallee and gypsum plains in the northwest, with a few occurrences from near-coastal sands around Nelson and Port Fairy in the far south-west.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Poa
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Poa fax in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Poa fax in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales