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Eragrostis benthamii Mattei APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to c. 60 cm tall. Orifice with rigid hairs 2–4 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs <0.25 mm long.
Leaves with blade usually rolled, to 3 mm wide; abaxial surface smooth, glabrous, apical region sometimes scabrous; adaxial surface usually glabrous, lower 20% sometimes scattered with hairs to 3 mm long.
Inflorescence open, 13–30 cm long, 5–17 cm wide; rachis smooth or scabrous, glabrous; pedicel 0.5–14 mm long, scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 4–13 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, florets 5–24; rachilla disarticulating between lemmas. Glumes 1–2 mm long, acute, smooth, glabrous, keel scabrous, lower often slightly shorter than upper. Lemmas 1.5–2 mm long, acute, smooth, glabrous, keel usually scabrous; palea slightly shorter than lemma, 2-keeled, glabrous, keels scabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: CC SC NT CT ST NWS CWS; Vic., N.Z.
Woodland on sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by S.W.L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: S.W.L. Jacobs
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