Common name: Sweet Holygrass
Hierochloe redolens (J.Vahl) Roem. & Schult. APNI*
Description: Loosely tufted perennial to c. 1 m high, with culms arising from extravaginal innovations on a contracted or shortly creeping rhizome.
Leaves with ligule 4–9 mm long, firmly membranous, very obtuse; blade 5–12 mm wide, upper surface and margins lightly scabrous.
Panicle exserted, 10–20 cm long. Spikelets shining, 3-flowered, strongly laterally compressed, 5–8 mm long. Glumes hyaline, acute to obtuse, subequal, 4.5–8 mm long, lower 1–3-nerved, upper 3-nerved. Lower lemmas male or sterile, c. 6.5 mm long, obscurely 5-nerved, ciliate on the margins with long, stiff hairs, with a straight dorsal awn from below the apex reaching or shortly exceeding the apex of the lemma. Bisexual lemma c. 4.5 mm long, thinner, apex scabrous, with short, stiff, hairs.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows at fairly high altitudes in damp situations; south from Barrington Tops.
NSW subdivisions: NT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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