Common name: Pitted Lovegrass
Eragrostis barrelieri Daveau APNI*
Description: Tufted annual to 0.4 m high; nodes 3 or 4, glabrous, subtended by a ring of glands.
Leaves with sheath often with glands in pits, glabrous, margin occasionally with tubercle-based hairs to 2 mm long; orifice with rigid hairs to 3 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.5 mm long; blade flat or rolled, to 3 mm wide, margins often with scattered glands.
Terminal inflorescences open, 4–8 cm long, to 4 cm wide, exserted; axils of lower primary branches subtended by ring of nodes; axillary inflorescences smaller and more contracted than terminal inflorescence. Spikelets 5–15 mm long, to 2 mm wide, florets 8–30; rachilla persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes 1–1.5 mm long, acute. Lemmas 1.5–2 mm long, acute to obtuse; lateral nerves closer to margins than midnerve. Palea subequal to lemma.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on disturbed ground.
NSW subdivisions: *NWP, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *S.A. *N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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