Common name: Woollybutt
Eragrostis laniflora Benth. APNI*
Description: Rhizomatous perennial to 0.8 m high; base swollen; thickened by cataphylls; cataphylls woolly with hair to 1 mm long.
Leaves with ligule a ciliate rim with hairs < 0.5 mm long; blade rolled when dry, to 2 mm wide, smooth or scabrous, sometimes broken off at blade-sheath junction.
Inflorescence open to racemose, 4–17 cm long, to 4 cm wide; rachis smooth or scabrous, glabrous; pedicel < 1 mm long. Spikelets 6–20 mm long, to 3 mm wide, florets 6–42. Glumes 1.5–2.5 mm long, acute, keeled, scabrous, glabrous; lower glume slightly shorter than upper. Lemmas 2–2.5 mm long, acute to obtuse, keeled, margins translucent, smooth or scabrous, base pilose with hair to 1 mm long, purplish brown. Palea equal to lemma, 2-keeled; keels scabrous or fimbriate with hair < 0.5 mm long.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in red-brown sandy soil of drier areas.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, 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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