Common name: Hair Bent
Agrostis parviflora R.Br. APNI*
Description: Very slender, weak, erect or ascending, loosely tufted annual, to 0.4 m high; culms very slender, finely striate, c. 2-noded.
Leaves crowded at the base; sheath becoming loose from the culms in the upper part; ligule obtuse, 1–2 mm long; blade mostly inrolled-filiform when dry, 0.25–1 mm wide.
Panicle much exserted, spreading, few-flowered, pyramidal, 3–9 cm long. Spikelets c. 1.5–2 mm long, pale greenish or sometimes purplish. Glumes acute, sometimes hyaline towards the margins, subequal or the lower very slightly longer. Lemma truncate, 1.5–2 mm long, unawned. Palea minute. Anthers 0.3–0.4 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in depressions, sod tussock grassland, and in fens, bogs and wet areas in alpine herbfields; south from the Brindabella Ra.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by S.W.L. Jacobs & S.M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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