Aristida blakei B.K.Simon APNI*
Description: Annual or short-lived tufted perennial to c. 1 m high; culms smooth, glabrous, glaucous, terete, many branched at lower nodes.
Leaves with sheath smooth, glabrous; ligule c. 0.2 mm long; blade flattened and flexuous, 3 mm wide, smooth or lightly scabrous on both surfaces.
Panicle loosely contracted, narrow, usually 10–35 cm long, branches erect. Glumes lanceolate, long-acuminate from a usually notched apex or aristulate, subequal or unequal. Lemma linear-elliptic, convolute, 8–12 mm long, distinctly tuberculate in the upper half, pallid to pale mauve; awns filiform, becoming divergent, subequal, to 35 mm long.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread on clay and sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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