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Common name: Clustered Lovegrass
Eragrostis elongata (Willd.) J.Jacq. APNI*
Description: Tufted annual or perennial to c. 0.8 m high; culms sometimes branched at the lower nodes.
Leaves with ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.25 mm long; blade flat or rolled, to 2 mm wide, smooth, glabrous.
Inflorescence contracted, often cylindrical, interrupted towards base, 5–18 cm long, 0.5–2.5 cm wide; pedicels 0–2.5 mm long, scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 3.5–10 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, florets 8–21; rachilla disarticulating between upper lemmas, persistent for lower 2–4 florets with lemmas deciduous and paleas persistent. Glumes 1.5–2 mm long, acute, glabrous, keel scabrous. Lemmas 1.5–2 mm long, acute, glabrous, upper keel often scabrous. Palea slightly shorter than lemma, 2-keeled, glabrous, keels scabrous.
Flowering: in summer or in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in woodland, often on sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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