Feddes Repert. 95: 489 (1984) APNI
Robust caespitose perennial. Culms erect, to 1 m high or more. Leaves prominently veined, glabrous or with scattered hairs; blades flat or loosely inrolled, sharp-pointed, to 50 cm long, 2–6 mm wide, scabrous toward the tip, otherwise smooth; ligule truncate, minutely ciliate, c. 0.5 mm long; auricles hardly developed. Inflorescence a distichous spike, 10–40 cm long. Spikelets 10–25 mm long, often curving away from the rachis in the upper part; glumes truncate, 7–11 mm long, the upper longer than the lower by up to 3 mm, both prominently 5–11-nerved, sometimes weakly scabrous along midrib; lemma obtuse or notched at apex, 9–13 mm long, c. 5-nerved, only the midrib prominent, glabrous except for finely ciliate margins; palea slightly shorter than lemma. Flowers Nov.–Mar.
*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Planted as a crop mostly on heavier soils, sometimes prone to inundation or salination, but spreading from cultivation in many areas and now recognised as an aggressive invader of grasslands.
The cultivar, 'Tyrell', is often selected for salted land.
Barkworth, M.E.; Dewey, D.R. & Atkins, R.J. (1983). New generic concepts in the Triticeae of the Intermountain Region: Key and comments, Great Basin Naturalist 43: 561-572.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|