Common name: Graceful Bent
Agrostis venusta Trin. APNI*
Description: Very slender, erect, tufted annual to 0.4 m high; culms smooth or finely scaberulous, 2-noded.
Leaves with sheath appressed to the culms; ligule obtuse, laciniate, 2–3 mm long; blade very narrow, almost filiform, inrolled, crowded at the base, 0.3–2 mm wide.
Panicle occupying half or more of the culm, ± spreading. Spikelets laterally compressed, c. 2–4 mm long, often purplish. Glumes rather narrowly gaping, acute, keeled, the lower glume longer. Lemma truncate or obscurely 4-toothed at the apex, 1.5–2.3 mm long; awn rather fine, exserted. Palea minute.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in high alpine herbfields and sod tussock grassland, more common at lower elevations.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST, NWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. Tas.
Text by S.W.L. Jacobs & S.M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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