Common name: Silky Browntop
Eulalia aurea (Bory) Kunth APNI*
Synonyms: Eulalia fulva (R.Br.) Kuntze APNI*
Description: Erect perennial to 1 m high with short rhizomes.
Nodes often shortly bearded.
Leaves with sheath glabrous; ligule 1–2 mm long, membranous, jagged or ciliate on margins; blade rolled in bud, mostly 2–4 mm wide, orifice hairy. Racemes 2 or 3, 4–10 cm long, pedicels clothed with silky brown hairs 1–2 mm long. Spikelets 4–5 mm long, with silky reddish brown hairs 1–2 mm long. Glumes subequal, the upper a little narrower. Lower lemma very small or absent, without a palea; upper minutely 2-fid, the lobes terminating in short fine hairs, with a slender brown awn 8–15 mm long. Palea minute or absent. Anther c. 2.5 mm long.
Flowering: most of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread but often in ephemeral water courses in drier areas.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
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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