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Common name: Silky-heads, Silkyheads
Cymbopogon obtectus S.T.Blake APNI*
Description: Aromatic perennial to 1 m high.
Leaves with sheath densely silky, persistent, often reddish; ligule 3–5 mm long; blade 1.25–2.5 mm wide.
Panicle to 35 cm long, 3–4 cm wide; spathes narrow, often reddish, 20–32 mm long. Racemes soon divergent and deflexed, 15–25 mm long, densely villous, several-jointed, sessile; joints and pedicels 2.75–3.5 mm long, white-villous with hairs 4.5–7 mm long. Sessile spikelets 5.2–6.4 mm long; callus with hairs to 5 mm long. Lower glume 2–5-nerved; upper glume 5–7-nerved. Lower lemma 2- or 3-nerved, 3.7–4.5 mm long; upper lemma 1–3-nerved at the base, 2-lobed, 3.6–4.5 mm long, awned from between the lobes; awn 6–8 mm long or absent. Pedicellate spikelets 3.5–5 mm long. Lower glume 11–13-nerved; upper glume shorter or absent. Lemma hyaline, to 2 mm long or absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread near watercourses.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
See Bush foods of New South Wales for more information.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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