Eragrostis megalosperma F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to 1.2 m high; culms often branched at lower nodes.
Leaves with orifice sometimes scattered with rigid hairs to 4 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs < 0.25 mm long; blade rolled, to 1 mm wide, smooth, glabrous.
Inflorescence contracted, 3–30 cm long, 0.7–2 cm wide; rachis smooth or glabrous; branches appressed; pedicels 0.25–3 mm long, smooth or scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 4–11 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, florets 5–15; rachilla persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes 1.25–2 mm long, acute, smooth, glabrous, keel scabrous; lower glume narrower and slightly shorter than upper. Lemmas 1.5–2 mm long, acute, keeled, smooth, glabrous, lower occasionally scabrous. Palea slightly shorter than lemma. Caryopsis often retained on top of floret.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and semi-arid native pasture.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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