Common name: Erect Kerosene Grass
Aristida holathera Domin APNI*
Description: Annual or short-lived perennial to c. 0.6 m high; culms simple or branched, stiffly erect.
Leaves with sheath striate; ligule <0.5 mm long; blade convolute, bristly, 1–2 mm wide, long-scabrous on upper surface.
Panicle sparse, contracted to almost spike-like, 16–30 cm long (including awns), branches few, appressed to axis. Glumes lanceolate, acuminate, unequal, lower 8.5–14 mm long, upper 16–22 mm long. Lemma linear-elliptic, punctulate; awns filiform, rigidly spreading, 25–65 mm long.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A. W.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
|N.S.W. occurrences are: var. holathera|
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