Common name: Purple Love-grass, Purple Lovegrass
Eragrostis lacunaria F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to 0.5 m high.
Leaves with sheath smooth or tuberculate, glabrous or with hairs to 1 mm long, upper sheath often glabrous; orifice of hairy leaves often with rigid hairs to 2 mm long, otherwise glabrous; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs < 0.5 mm long; blade usually rolled, to 2 mm wide, glabrous or with hairs to 1 mm long, surface often tuberculate.
Inflorescence open, 4–16 cm long, 2–8 cm wide; axils glabrous; pedicels 0.25–3 mm long. Spikelets 3–14 mm long, to 1 mm wide; rachilla usually persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes c. 1 mm long, obtuse to acute, smooth, glabrous; keel usually scabrous. Lemmas 1–1.5 mm long, lateral nerves closer to margins than midnerve, obtuse to acute, smooth, glabrous; keel sometimes scabrous. Palea subequal to lemma.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread on clay soils of inland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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