Aira elegantissima Schur

Verh. Mitth. Siebenburg. Vereins Naturwiss. Hermannstadt 4: 85 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Culms to 40 cm high. Leaves glabrous, minutely scabrous along nerves; blade inrolled, to 8 cm long and 0.5 mm wide; ligule toothed at apex, to 5 mm long. Panicle initially contracted with erect branches, finally sparse with spreading branches, to 15 cm long and 12 cm wide. Spikelets (1.5–)2(–2.5) mm long, with pedicels mostly 5–8 mm; glumes equal, acute; lemmas (excluding membranous apical lobes) about two-thirds as long as glumes, glabrous except for short callus hairs, minutely scabrous; awn usually absent from lower floret, upper floret with awn inserted about one-third from base, 2–3 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Occurs mostly in drier sites than the very similar A. caryophyllea and A. cupaniana, e.g. mallee associations on sandy soils and drier forests and woodlands on shallow, rocky soils.

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 (as Aira elegans Willd. ex Kunth).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2015-06-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Aira
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Aira elegantissima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aira elegantissima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain 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 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
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present introduced

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