Eragrostis pubescens (R.Br.) Steud. APNI*
Description: Loosely tufted perennial to c. 1.3 m high; culms erect, prostrate or scrambling, glabrous or with hairs to 0.5 mm long.
Leaves with sheath glabrous or with hairs to 1 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs < 0.25 mm long; blade rolled, rarely flat, to 4 mm wide, glabrous or with hairs to 1 mm long.
Inflorescence open, 20–75 cm long, 4–20 cm wide; rachis glabrous or with hairs to 1 mm long; branches scabrous, with hairs to 1 mm long from the axil out to about the second or third spikelet. Spikelets 7–40 mm long, to 2.5 mm wide, subsessile, florets 12–57; rachilla persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes 1.5–2.5 mm long, acute, glabrous, upper keel scabrous; lower glume often slightly shorter than upper. Lemmas 2–3 mm long, acute, glabrous, upper keel often scabrous. Palea slightly shorter than lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sandy soils along the coast; north from Grafton.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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