Common name: Scented-top Grass
Capillipedium spicigerum S.T.Blake APNI*
Description: Similar to Capillipedium parviflorum, but usually rather stouiter and taller, to >1.5 m high.
Leaves with blade 5–8 mm wide.
Flowers arranged in a panicle with a common axis smooth, shortly villous or glabrous but then the axils pubescent. Racemes 3–8-jointed, 8–25 mm long. Lower glume narrow-truncate, only slightly depressed along middle, 8- or 9-nerved with 4 or 5 intracarinal nerves, more or less hairy on back, the keels scabrous-ciliate upwards; upper glume scabrous on the keels or nearly smooth. Lower lemma ovate, obtuse or acute, 2–2.5 mm long, 50–70% as long as glumes; awn including upper lemma 12–18 mm long; grain 1.7–2.8 mm long. Pedicellate spikelet sterile or male; lower lemma to 3.2 mm long or very short or absent.
Flowering: Flowers summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Central to northern western slopes and coastal regions, also NWP; Qld and N.T.
Grows in woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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