Common name: Australian Saltgrass
Distichlis distichophylla (Labill.) Fassett APNI*
Synonyms: Distichlis maritima Raf. APNI*
Description: Dioecious perennial to 0.3 m high, with creeping rhizomes to > 1 m long, and ascending or decumbent culms.
Leaves distichous; sheath glabrous; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.5 mm long; auricles often pilose with hairs to 1 mm long; blade flat or rolled, to 4 mm wide, almost pungent-pointed, glabrous, margins scabrous.
Inflorescence 2.5–5 cm long, 1–2 cm wide. Spikelets 1–2 cm long, 0.3–0.5 cm wide, laterally flattened, florets 6–14; pedicel 1–4 mm long. Glumes keeled, glabrous; lower 3–4.5 mm long, 3–5-nerved; upper 3.5–5 mm long, 7–9-nerved. Lemmas 5–6.5 mm long, c. 12-nerved, glabrous, slightly wider on female plants. Palea slightly shorter than lemma. Stigmas conspicuous on female plants; anthers to 3 mm long and conspicuous on male plants.
Flowering: spring or in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in saline soils; south from Lake Cargelligo area.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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