London J. Bot. 2: 419 (1843) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)
Slender, tufted or shortly rhizomatous perennial, the base swollen with a series of short subtending bracts (cataphylls) that are woolly in the axils, culms erect, usually unbranched, to 60 cm high. Leaves glabrous (except at summit of sheath); blade stiff, erect to slightly spreading, narrowly inrolled, to 8 cm long and 0.8 mm wide, sharp-pointed. Inflorescence a narrow, but open to moderately dense panicle, to 10 cm long and 4 cm wide, lower branches solitary. Spikelets 7–35-flowered, 4–20 mm long and 1.3–2.3 mm wide, straight or slightly curved, green to dull purplish grey; glumes acute, 0.8–1.7 mm long, subequal, membranous; lemmas 1.4–2 mm long, obtuse, margins remaining pale in purplish specimens, lateral nerves about midway between margins and keel; palea slightly shorter than lemma; anthers 0.5–0.8 mm long. Flowers mainly Sep.–Apr.
LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. All mainland states. Uncommon in Victoria, occurs on clayey soils of seasonally flooded areas, confined to the far north-west. Plants at a young-flowering stage have a very different appearance from the mature plant, with a contracted inflorescence and very short, apparently few-flowered spikelets. The spikelets elongate rapidly toward maturity and the short panicle branches diverge, giving the plant its typical mature form.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|New South Wales|