Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted or shortly rhizomatous annuals or perennials, often with simple and/or glandular hairs on vegetative parts and glumes, culms simple or branched. Leaf-blades flat or inrolled; ligules ciliate. Inflorescence a contracted to spike-like or capitate panicle, occasionally with cleistogamous spikelets not or barely exserted from the leaf-sheaths. Spikelets 3–8-flowered, the upper 1–several sterile and often reduced, florets often falling united; glumes few–many-nerved, subequal, not keeled; lower lemma 9–11-nerved, hairy, with 9 almost equal, stiffly ciliate awns, about as long as, to much longer than the lemma body; palea subequal to, or slightly longer than body of lemma.

About 30 species, from warm-temperate and tropical regions (Africa, America, Asia); c. 20 species in Australia, all native, 3 in Victoria.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa
genus Enneapogon
Subordinate taxa