Ehrharta villosa Schult.f.

Pyp Grass

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Rhizomatous perennial, culms erect, cane-like, to 1.3 m high, rooting from lower nodes, often strongly purple-pigmented near upper nodes. Leaf-blades erect, involute, to 10 cm long and 8 mm broad when unrolled, often reduced to short points or absent toward inflorescence; sheaths closely enveloping stem; ligules a densely ciliate rim 1–2 mm long. Inflorescence a slender panicle, 10–20 cm long. Spikelets 12–16 mm long, remaining semi-erect; glumes subequal, acute, about three-quarters as long as spikelet, often purplish, glabrous or rarely with a few hairs near base; sterile lemmas subequal, copiously covered with spreading silky hairs, each with an apical awn 1–2 mm long; fertile lemma about equal to body of sterile lemmas, variably covered with semi-appressed silky hairs. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Introduced as a sand-binder along coastal and inland dunes, but known to have naturalised only in the far south-west of the State.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-08-14
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Ehrharta
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