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Eragrostis lugens Nees
Family Poaceae
Eragrostis lugens Nees APNI*

Description: Tufted perennials to 40 cm high. Nodes 2–4, glabrous.

Sheaths glabrous; orifice with hairs to 2 mm long; ligule 0.3–0.5 mm long, membrabous below, ciliate above; blade folded, c. 1 mm wide.

Inflorescence open, to 15 cm long, 10 cm wide; axils of primary branches pilose with hairs 1–2 mm long. Spikelets dark red to purple, 3–6-flowered, 2.5–3 mm long. Glumes unequal; lower 0.6–0.7 mm long; upper glume 0.7–1 mm long. lemmas obtuse to acute, 1–1.2 mm long, lightly scaberulous, the lateral veins not redily discernable; margins membranous; palea c. 90% lemma length, 2-keeled, keels ciliolate. caryopsis almost trigonous, with a distinct groove tapering to an acute apex.

Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *NT
AVH map***

Text by Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B. Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).

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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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