Common name: Weeping Lovegrass
Eragrostis parviflora (R.Br.) Trin. APNI*
Description: Tufted annual to 1.1 m high.
Leaves with ligule a ciliate rim with hairs < 0.5 mm long; blade flat or rolled, to 3 mm wide, glabrous, lower surface smooth, upper surface scabrous.
Inflorescence open, 18–60 cm long, spreading to 20 cm wide, ± drooping; branches to 27 cm long, erect at first, later spreading; rachis smooth or scabrous; pedicels to 8 mm long, scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 5–10 mm long, to 1.5 mm wide, florets 8–18; rachilla persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes 1–1.5 mm long, acute, keeled, smooth, glabrous; keel usually scabrous. Lemmas c. 1.5 mm long, acute, keeled, smooth, glabrous; keel usually scabrous towards apex. Palea slightly shorter than lemma, 2-keeled, glabrous; keels scabrous.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in a variety of habitats.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
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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