Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 97: 334 (2010) APNI
Caespitose biennial or weak perennial; culms erect, to 45 cm high. Leaves pilose overall and often with small, saucer-shaped glands on the margins and near-marginal veins; blade flat or somewhat incurved, to 6 cm long and 2 mm wide; ligule ciliate, 1–1.5 mm long with tufts of longer hairs at the sides. Inflorescence a fairly dense, more or less ovoid panicle, 2–6 cm long and up to 2 cm wide; panicle branches sometimes glandular (but not noted on Victorian specimens). Spikelets 2-flowered, 3–5 mm long (excluding awns), the florets (excluding awns) considerably shorter than the subequal, slightly gaping, acuminate glumes; lemmas oblong, the body 2–2.5 mm long, with scattered to moderately dense pale hairs dorsally, dense on the callus, central awn shining brown, 6–9 mm long, bent below halfway, lateral awns pale, c. 2 mm long, remaining straight; palea narrowly oblong, about as long as body of lemma; anthers c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb. (3 records)
*GipP. Also naturalised WA, SA. A weed of restricted distribution in Australia, but locally common near Perth, Adelaide and south-eastern South Australia. Native to South Africa. Known only from Yarram and near Golden Beach area where locally well established.on roadsides in disturbed heathland on sandy ground.
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