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Lagurus ovatus L.
Family Poaceae
Common name: Hare's Tail Grass

Lagurus ovatus L. APNI*

Description: A tufted softly hairy annual to 0.6 m high.

Leaves with sheath with hairs c. 1 mm long; ligule a membranous, toothed rim, 2 mm long, with hairs < 0.5 mm long; blade flat, to 1 cm wide, with hairs < 0.5 mm long.

Inflorescence dense, 1–4 cm long, 1–2 cm wide (excluding awns) exserted or enclosed in uppermost sheath. Spikelets of 1 floret; anthers prominent at maturity, c. 1 mm long. Glumes equal, 5 mm long; midrib continues into awn c. 5 mm long, plumose with hairs to 2 mm long. Lemma rounded on back, 5 mm long, pubescent on lower half with hairs < 0.5 mm long; 2 terminal awns subequal, 4–6 mm long; 1 subterminal awn, 8–16 mm long; callus with hairs 0.5 mm long. Palea shorter than lemma, 2-lobed.

Photo Tanja Lenz

Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on sandy soils, common on hind dunes and reserves. Native of Medit. region.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *CT, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
AVH map***

Cultivated and used in dried flower arrangements.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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