Common name: Hairy Native Couch
Brachyachne ciliaris (Benth.) C.E.Hubb. APNI*
Synonyms: Cynodon ciliaris Benth. APNI*
Description: Creeping annual or short-lived perennial to 0.75 m high; culms erect or geniculate.
Leaves with sheath with long fine hairs at the margins; blade, c. 2–5 mm wide, with tuberculate-based spreading hairs.
Inflorescence with 2 rather stiff divergent spikes 3–4 cm long. Spikelets 1-flowered, c. 4 mm long. Glumes obtuse or 2-fid, nearly 4 mm long. Lemma c. 2.5 mm long, concave, villous on the 3 nerves and with a transverse ring of long spreading hairs at the base of the short conical glabrous summit, so that the floret appears top-shaped. Palea villous on the nerves.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on red sandy and clay loam soils, usually in open grassland areas.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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