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Common name: Windmill Grass
Chloris truncata R.Br. APNI*
Description: Erect, glabrous perennial to 0.5 m high, forming a dense low crown, sometimes with short, branched stolons.
Leaves with sheath glabrous; ligule short-ciliate; blade 2–5 mm wide.
Spikes usually 6–9, digitate, radiating horizontally, 4–20 cm long. Spikelets rather distant, arranged alternately in 2 rows on the underside, 2- or 3-flowered, upper empty, florets black when mature. Lower glume 1.4–2.3 mm long, upper 2.8–4.2 mm long. Fertile lemma narrow-elliptic, 1.8–4.5 mm long, apex truncate, glabrous except for the appressed-pilose margins, awn 7–15 mm long; other floret(s) 1.3–3.5 mm long, apex truncate, awn 3.1–12.5 mm long.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on many soil types and communities but more common on red or black earths.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)
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