Common name: Three-awn Speargrass
Aristida gracilipes (Domin) Henrard APNI*
Description: Slender perennial to 1.2 m high; culms terete or compressed, branched and usually fastigiate, smooth or scaberulous.
Leaves with ligule < 0.5 mm long; blade soon conduplicate, finely pointed, 1–2 mm wide, long-scabrous on upper surface.
Panicle contracted, loose to open, usually 12–21 cm long, branches few, distant, soon spreading or drooping. Glumes lanceolate, acuminate, 3–10 mm long, subequal or upper longer, upper usually obtuse and notched, mucronate. Lemma linear to elliptic, beaked, usually 7–11 mm long; awns filiform, stiff, erect or divergent, to 20 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows near margins of rainforest; north from Boggabri NC NWS NWP; Qld.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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