Eragrostis basedowii Jedwabn. APNI*
Description: Densely tufted annual to 0.3 m high; culms sometimes branched.
Leaves with orifice with scattered hairs to 2.5 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.25 mm long; blade rolled or flat, to 3 mm wide, smooth, glabrous, margin usually scabrous; sheath smooth, glabrous.
Inflorescence contracted, 1–8 cm long, 0.5–2.5 cm wide, often interrupted, internodes 0.5–3 cm long, branches with spikelets densely overlapping; rachis smooth, glabrous; pedicels < 1 mm long, smooth or scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 5–27 mm long, florets 9–30, rachilla disarticulating between lemmas. Glumes 1.5–2.5 mm long, acute, smooth, glabrous, keel scabrous. Lemmas 2.5–3 mm long, usually scabrous, glabrous, keel scabrous. Palea slightly shorter than lemma, the keels hirsute with stout hairs to 0.5 mm long.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on inland sand dunes.
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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