Common name: Bristly Love-grass, Bristly Love Grass
Eragrostis setifolia Nees APNI*
Description: Rhizomatous perennial to 0.6 m high; base swollen, thickened by cataphylls, cataphylls glabrous or lower 30% woolly with hairs to 1 mm long.
Leaves with sheath tightly enclosing culm, smooth, glabrous; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs < 0.5 mm long; blade rolled, to 2 mm wide, glabrous, margins usually scabrous, lower smooth, upper surface scabrous.
Inflorescence open, 3–16 cm long, to 5 cm wide, smooth or lightly scabrous, pedicels < 1 mm long, smooth or lightly scabrous. Spikelets 5–18 mm long, to 2 mm wide, florets 9–36. Glumes 1–1.5 mm long, acute or obtuse, keeled, smooth, glabrous. Lemmas 1.5–2 mm long, acute to obtuse, keeled, smooth, glabrous; keel often scabrous. Palea subequal to lemma, 2-keeled, glabrous; keels scabrous.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in light clay soils of the inland.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, 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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