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Aristida queenslandica Henrard
Family Poaceae
Aristida queenslandica Henrard APNI*

Description: Slender tussock-forming perennial to 1.1 m high; culms wiry, simple to fastigiately branched, lower internodes delicately hirsute.

Leaves with sheath smooth, lower ones often pilose to hirsute; ligule to 0.5 mm long; blade flat or conduplicate, curly on drying, 1–2 mm wide, scabrous, sometimes pilose near the ligule.

Panicle contracted, loose, interrupted, often nodding, 10–45 cm long, branches filiform. Glumes very narrow-ovate, equal or unequal, lower acuminate, upper abruptly acuminate. Lemma linear-elliptic, 6.5–10 mm long, purple or pallid with darker spots; awns stiff or filiform, dissimilar, to 18 mm long.


Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on shallow soils on sandstone hills.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
AVH map***

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

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. queenslandica

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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