Enteropogon acicularis (Lindl.) Lazarides APNI*
Synonyms: Chloris acicularis Lindl. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to c. 0.4 m high; culms usually pilose, usually solitary.
Leaves with sheath glabrous or pilose; ligule ciliate to c. 1 mm long; blade to 4 mm wide, usually pilose, minutely scabrous.
Spikes 7–22, digitate or occasionally subdigitate, arranged in several planes, 4–22 cm long. Glumes persistent, lanceolate, long acuminate, lower 2–5 mm long, upper 4.5–11 mm long. Lower lemma acute, notched, 5–9 mm long, minutely scabrous or rarely smooth below, awn 10–22 mm long; second lemma 3–4 mm long, awn 8–17 mm long.
Flowering: summer or in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Often grows on cracking clay soils, widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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