Fuirena ciliaris (L.) Roxb. APNI*
Description: Slender pubescent annual.
Culms compressed-terete, glabrous or spreading-hispid, to 40 cm high, to 2 mm diam.
Leaves 3–8 mm wide. Inflorescence of several clusters (rarely reduced to one), on branches to 8 cm long. Spikelets 4–10 mm long. Glumes 2.5–2.8 mm long including mucro c. 1 mm long, dark green-grey to blackish near apex, hyaline to pale brown below. Hypogynous bristles a quarter to a third as long as scales, brown. Hypogynous scales thickened, ± square in outline, with usually 3 nerves extended in minute teeth along the top, with sagittate base, brown. Anthers c. 0.3 mm long.
Nut triquetrous, ellipsoid to obovoid, 0.7–1 mm long, c. 0.5 mm diam., smooth, pale yellow to dark golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist situations in woodland and on swampy flats; north from Grafton area, with an apparent outlier near Singleton.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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