Common name: Early Spring Grass
Eriochloa pseudoacrotricha (Stapf ex Thell.) J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Loosely caespitose annual or short lived perennial to 1 m high.
Leaves with sheath smooth or glabrous, often becoming loose; ligule scarcely 1 mm long; blade c. 4 mm wide, sometimes hairy.
Inflorescence 7–18 cm long, of 2–10 racemes 2–10 cm long, ± densely clothed with spikelets; pedicels 0.5–2.5 mm long, pilose with hairs to 3 mm long. Spikelets 4.5–6 mm long, widest c. 30% of its length from the base, hairy. Lower glume cupular around and fused to the thickened internode, pale or becoming brownish, purplish or black, c. 0.3 mm long; upper equalling the spikelet, with a bristle to 0.8 mm long, densely hairy in the lower 30–70%. Sterile lemma a little shorter than the upper glume, mucronate, hairy, palea absent. Fertile floret c. 2.5 mm, terminating in a mucro c. 1 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in native grassland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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