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Common name: Panic Veldtgrass
Ehrharta erecta Lam. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to 0.6 m high, with a delicate, annual-like rootstock.
Leaves with ligule membranous, 4–7 mm long, obtuse or truncate; blade 2–15 mm wide, rather flaccid, mostly glabrous, smooth or minutely rough.
Panicle erect, rarely nodding, 6–20 cm long, open or contracted. Spikelets mostly 3–4.5 mm long. Lower glume c. 2 mm long, 3–5-nerved; upper 2.5–3 mm long, 5-nerved. Sterile lemmas 5-nerved, lower 2.5–3.5 mm long, smooth, with 2 glabrous basal ridges; upper 3.5–4 mm long with a basal appendage, with 2 obscure beardless ridges, transversely corrugated. Fertile lemma 2.5–3.5 mm long, obscurely 5–7-nerved, often cross-veined, firm.
Distribution and occurrence: A weed in moist, shady sites. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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