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Eragrostis trachycarpa (Benth.) Domin
Family Poaceae
Eragrostis trachycarpa (Benth.) Domin APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial to 0.8 m high.

Leaves with sheath smooth, glabrous; orifice occasionally with scattered hairs to 2 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.25 mm long; blade rolled and bristle-like or flat, to 3 mm wide, smooth or scabrous, glabrous.

Inflorescence open, usually c. 50% of plant height, 15–45 cm long, 8–25 cm wide; branches slender, appressed at first, later spreading; axils of lower primary branches pilose with hair to 3 mm long; pedicels 2–25 mm long, scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 1.5–5 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, florets 1–6; rachilla often extended as a sterile projection to 1 mm long. Glumes 1–1.5 mm long, acute, keeled, smooth, glabrous; keel scabrous. Lemmas c. 1.5 mm long, acute, keeled, upper 50% often scabrous, glabrous; keel scabrous. Palea subequal to lemma, 2-keeled, glabrous.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and native pasture.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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