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Aristida calycina R.Br.
Family Poaceae
Aristida calycina R.Br. APNI*

Description: Tufted erect perennial to 2 m high; culms wiry, strongly branched.

Leaves with sheath smooth or scaberulous; ligule c. 0.3 mm long; blade convolute or conduplicate or sometimes flat, to 1.5 mm wide, long-scabrous on upper surface.

Panicle contracted, usually loose, to 15 cm long, branches few, short. Glumes lanceolate, equal or unequal, 6–20 mm long, lower acute to acuminate, upper obtuse. Lemma linear-elliptic, 6–9 mm long, purple or brown with darker margins; awns flattened, divergent, to 30 mm long.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on poor or sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. N.T. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept:

 Key to the varieties 
1Lower glume shorter than upper; lemma furrow without tubercles. Flowers summervar. calycina
Lower glume longer than upper; lemma furrow with tubercles. Flowers in response to rainvar. praealta

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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