Telopea 6: 587 (1996) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Tufted perennial with a shortly creeping rhizome, culms erect, to 60 cm high, nodes pubescent. Leaves smooth and glabrous or scabrous; sheath often purplish, blade rigidly erect, tightly involute, to 20 cm long, less than 1 mm diam.; ligule to 3 mm long. Inflorescence usually a sparse panicle to 15 cm long. Glumes 12–17 mm long, purplish, acuminate, membranous, the lower 1–4 mm longer than upper; lemma 6.5–8 mm long, maturing to reddish brown, granular, sparsely covered with semi-appressed white to golden hairs; coma obscure with hairs not or hardly longer than those of the body of the lemma; callus 2.2–3 mm long; awn twice bent, 50–80 mm long, 10–16 mm to the first bend, shortly pubescent; palea about 0.5 mm shorter than lemma, silky-hairy along the centre line. Flowers Oct.–Nov.
Brid, DunT, Glep, GGr, LoM, MuM, Wim. Also WA, SA. Uncommon to rare, occurring on sandy soils in mallee-scrub and in low woodland, e.g. Big and Little Deserts, Mt Arapiles, with an isolated occurrence on limestone in the lower Glenelg area of the south-west.
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