Eragrostis cylindriflora Hochst.

Flora 38: 324 (1855) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Tufted perennial, often producing ascending aerial stolons, culms erect, to c. 1 m high, glabrous or pilose, with a glandular band below nodes. Leaves smooth; blade flat, folded or inrolled, to 30 cm long and 4 mm wide, glabrous or sparsely pilose near base; sheath glabrous to pilose, with glandular pits near base, and sometimes along midrib; ligule 0.4–1 mm long. Inflorescence a narrow-ovoid panicel, to c. 30 cm long and 12 cm wide, lower branches usually paired or few in a whorl. Spikelets 5–8(–10)-flowered, 3–5.5 mm long and c. 1 mm wide, leaden-green coloured; glumes membranous, minutely scabrous along the keel, acute, but soon shredding, 1.3–2 mm long, subequal, the upper usually slightly longer than lower; lemma 1.2–1.6 mm long, very obtuse to truncate; palea subequal to lemma; anthers c. 1 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

*MuM. Also naturalised NT, Qld, NSW. Native to Africa. Relatively recently (from c. 2000) naturalised in Australia, but rapidly spreading. Known in Victoria from a few roadsides in the far north-west.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2016-08-26
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-08-23
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Eragrostis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eragrostis cylindriflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eragrostis cylindriflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales