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Aristida acuta S.T.Blake
Family Poaceae
Aristida acuta S.T.Blake APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial to 1.25 m high; culms thin, usually terete, few-noded, smooth.

Leaves with sheath strongly striate, scaberulous or smooth, glabrous; ligule < 0.5 mm long; blade usually convolute and bristly, strongly striate, 1–2 mm wide, long-scabrous on upper surface.

Panicle contracted, loose to open, sparse, 15–30 cm long, branches few, distant, lax to widely spreading. Glumes linear to ovate, 7.5–15 mm long, unequal, lower long-acuminate, upper abruptly acuminate. Lemma linear to elliptic, 7–9 mm long, pallid with purple spots; awns flattened to concave in the lower part and filiform upwards, to 22 mm long.


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Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in open forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
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Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
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