Sp. Pl. 1: 81 (1753) APNI
Bamboo-like perennial; culms erect, to 6 m high, usually >1 cm diam toward base. Leaves glabrous; blades mostly 30–80 cm long, 20–80 mm wide, somewhat glaucous; auricles rounded, yellowish; ligule 1–2 mm long. Inflorescences narrowly ovate, 30–70 cm long, contracted to loosely spreading, fluffy; spikelets abundant, 10–15 mm long, 3–5-flowered; glumes subequal or equal, 11–14 mm long, often tinged pink at least when young; lemma 2-lobed, 7–8mm long (excluding lobes), villous; lobes 1–2 mm long, central awn 1–3 mm long; palea about two-thirds as long as lemma, villous. Flowers ?Mar.–Sept.
*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP. Scattered plants occur along watercourses, presumably from water-borne fragments of rhizome. Established colonies are known along the Murray River floodplain and associated lake systems downstream of Swan Hill.
Flowering is rare in Victoria. It is not known if or how often plants are established from seed.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|