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Dichelachne micrantha (Cav.) Domin
Family Poaceae
Common name: Shorthair Plumegrass

Dichelachne micrantha (Cav.) Domin APNI*

Synonyms: Dichelachne sciurea (R.Br.) Hook.f. APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial to 1.2 m high; culms erect.

Leaves with sheath glabrous or hairy; ligule obtuse or lacerated, 0.5–1.5 mm long; blade 1–6 mm wide, glabrous or pubescent.

Panicle dense, sometimes looser at the base, 5–22 cm long. Glumes long-acuminate, unequal, lower 2.5–8 mm long, upper 3–9 mm long. Lemma 2.5–4 mm long, acuminate; awn arising 0.5–1 mm from apex, curved, twisted and bent to almost straight, 6–33 mm long. Palea shorter than the lemma. Stamen 1.

Photo L. von Richter

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Common, in dry or wet sclerophyll forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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