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Common name: Longhair Plumegrass
Dichelachne crinita (L.) Hook.f. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to 1.5 m high; culms erect or ascending.
Leaves with sheath glabrous or hairy; ligule truncate to obtuse, to 5 mm long, sometimes asymmetrical; blade 2–7 mm wide, glabrous or pubescent.
Panicle 6–29 cm long, oblong or elliptic-cylindrical. Glumes subulate, unequal, lower 5–7 mm long, upper 5.5–7.5 mm long. Lemma subulate, 4.5–6.5 mm long, shorter than glumes; awn arising 0.7–2.5 mm from apex, curved and not or scarcely twisted, 20–55 mm long; callus c. 0.5 mm long with hairs to 1 mm long. Palea shorter than the lemma. Stamens 1–3.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open and cleared areas in grassland to woodland on sand or soils derived from sandstone.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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