Common name: Elastic Grass
Eragrostis tenuifolia (Rich.) Hochst. ex Steud. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to 0.7 m high.
Leaves with sheath occasionally hairy with hairs c. 1 mm long; orifice with rigid hairs to 2 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.5 mm long; blade flat, often folded when dry, to 3 mm wide, smooth, glabrous.
Inflorescence open, 12–25 cm long, 4–12 cm wide; axils of branches and pedicels pilose with hairs to 1.5 mm long; branches appressed at first, later spreading; pedicels to 12 mm long, smooth, glabrous. Spikelets 7–12 mm long, to 2 mm wide, florets 6–14; rachilla persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes 0.5–1 mm long, acute, keeled, smooth, glabrous; lower glume often shorter than upper. Lemmas 2–2.5 mm long, acute, keeled, smooth, glabrous; keel usually scabrous. Palea slightly shorter than lemma, 2-keeled, glabrous; keels scabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in caravan parks, and camping and recreation areas. Native of India & Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *NWP, *SFWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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