Common name: Soft Lovegrass
Eragrostis pilosa (L.) P.Beauv. APNI*
Description: Tufted annual to 0.6 m high; nodes sometimes subtended by a ring of glands.
Leaves with orifice with rigid hairs 2–3 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs < 0.5 mm long; blade flat or rolled, to 3 mm wide, glabrous, usually scabrous.
Inflorescence open, 8–24 cm long, to 13 cm wide; axils of lower primary branches with sparse rigid hairs 1–4 mm long, sometimes subtended by a ring of glands; branches to 11 cm long, fine, appressed at first, later spreading; pedicels to 5 mm long, smooth or scabrous. Spikelets 3–9 mm long, to 1.5 mm wide, florets 6–16; rachilla persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes 0.5–1.5 mm long, acute, smooth, glabrous, translucent; keel often scabrous. Lemmas 1–2 mm long, acute, smooth, glabrous. Palea slightly shorter than lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: A weed of cultivation and disturbed ground.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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