Common name: Bunch Wiregrass
Aristida behriana F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Short, tufted, tussocky perennial, to 0.4 m high; culms simple, compressed, multi-branched from some of the upper nodes, striate, scaberulous.
Leaves with sheath scaberulous; ligule c. 0.3 mm long; blade convolute to conduplicate or sometimes flat, 1–2 mm wide, long-scabrous on upper surface.
Panicle contracted, dense, scarcely exserted above the uppermost leaves, 6–12 cm long. Glumes unequal, aristulate, the lower c. 65% as long as upper, the upper with an awn 1–2.5 mm long. Lemma convolute, 7–12 mm long, pallid; awns flattened in the lower part, filiform upwards, stiff, divergent, to 60 mm long, often purple.
Flowering: summer or in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grassland and open woodland on loamy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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