Ehrharta longiflora Sm.

Annual Veldt-grass

Pl. Icon. Ined. t. 32 (1790) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted annual, culms erect to 90 cm high. Leaf-blades flat, to 40 cm long, 5–25 mm broad, margins minutely scabrous, often undulate toward base; ligules membranous, toothed, 1–4 mm long. Inflorescence a slender panicle, usually 8–15 cm long. Spikelets drooping, 10–28 mm long; glumes less than half as long as spikelet, the lower acute to acuminate, the upper slightly longer than lower, obtuse, sometimes shallowly toothed at apex with a narrow central point, both usually purplish, glabrous or sparsely hairy; sterile lemmas awned for about half their length, the lower slightly shorter than upper, both scabrous at least apically, sometimes transversely ribbed, obscurely 7-nerved, with small hair-tufts near base; fertile lemma 6–8 mm long, remaining enclosed in upper sterile lemma. Flowers mainly Aug.–Dec

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. All States except NT, Tas. Native to southern Africa. Occurs on sandy or alluvial soils, often abundant on neglected urban sites.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Ehrharta
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Ehrharta longiflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ehrharta longiflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory