Common name: Blowngrass
Lachnagrostis aemula (R.Br.) Trin. APNI*
Synonyms: Agrostis aemula R.Br. APNI*
Deyeuxia aemula (R.Br.) Kunth APNI*
Calamagrostis aemula (R.Br.) Steud. APNI*
Description: Erect, tufted annual or perennial to 0.6 m high; culms 2–4-noded.
Leaves with sheath striate, becoming loose around the culm; ligule rather obtuse, laciniate, 3–8 mm long; blade acute or shortly acuminate, shallowly grooved, 2–7 mm wide.
Panicle divaricately spreading, 9–30 cm long, with many slender branches, disarticulating at maturity. Spikelets laterally compressed, 3.5–6 mm long, becoming strongly tinged with purple. Glumes acuminate, the lower glume longer. Lemma truncate and 4-toothed at the apex, 1.8–3 mm long; awn much exserted, geniculate. Palea thin, membranous, shortly 2-fid.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in forest to grassland, often on moist slopes.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
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