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Elymus scaber (R.Br.) A.Löve
Family Poaceae
Elymus scaber (R.Br.) A.Löve APNI*

Synonyms: Elymus scaber (R.Br.) A.Löve var. scaber APNI*
Elymus scaber (R.Br.) A.Löve var. scaber APNI*
Elymus scaber (R.Br.) A.Löve subsp. scaber APNI*
Anthosachne scabra (R.Br.) Nevski APNI*

Description: Loosely tufted perennial to 1.1 m high.

Leaves with blade flat or rolled, 2–5 mm wide, the upper margins and surface scabrous, the lower smooth and shiny or hirsute.

Inflorescence a slender, often curved spike, 9–25 cm long. Spikelets solitary, scarcely overlapping, the flat side against the axis, 6–12-flowered, 15–35 mm long (excluding awns). Glumes unequal, obtuse to acuminate, lower 3–6-nerved, upper 4–8-nerved, scabrous on the nerves. Lemmas rounded on the back, faintly 5-nerved, 8–12 mm long, scabrous, tapering into a scabrid awn 6–60 mm long (awns becoming flexuous at maturity). Anthers 2–3 mm long.

Photo © ANBG

Photo L. von Richter


Flowering: mainly late winter to summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Coast and tablelands; also Vic, Tas, SA and WA.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings (1993); SWL Jacobs et al. (2008)
Taxon concept: SWL Jacobs, RDB Whalley and DJB Wheeler (2008) Grasses of NSW edn 4

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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