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Common name: Wiry Panic
Entolasia stricta (R.Br.) Hughes APNI*
Description: Straggling or shrubby wiry rhizomatous perennial usually to 0.8 m high but to 1.5 m high when straggling through undergrowth.
Leaves with sheath glabrous or with tubercle-based hairs; ligule a rim of hairs < 0.6 mm long; blade 1–7 mm wide, very variable, glabrous or hairy with tubercle -based hairs.
Panicle 2–10 cm long; primary branches to 7 cm long, often with secondary branching. Spikelets 2.2–3.5 mm long, solitary. Lower glume 0.75–1 mm long, glabrous; upper subequal to the spikelet, 5-nerved, glabrous. Lower lemma similar to the upper glume but slightly longer, sterile, without a palea; upper 2.2–3.5 mm long, as long as the spikelet, pubescent with fine white hairs.
Flowering: most of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in scrub in dry areas on sandy or sandstone-derived soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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