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Ottochloa gracillima C.E.Hubb.
Family Poaceae
Ottochloa gracillima C.E.Hubb. APNI*

Description: Slender spreading perennial to 30 cm high, often forming mats.

Leaves with sheath glabrous or sparsely hispid with tubercle-based hairs; ligule c. 0.25 mm long, with cilia to 1 mm long; blade usually linear-lanceolate, 1.5–6 mm wide.

Inflorescence 3–13 cm long with 3–6 branches to 5 cm long, these usually further divided into small branches bearing 2–4 spikelets. Spikelets 2–2.3 mm long. Lower glume 1 mm long, 3-nerved; upper to 1.3 mm long, 3–5-nerved. Lower lemma 7-nerved, often depressed along the median line, sterile, glabrous or with a few short tubercle-based hairs between the nerves or towards the margins; palea absent. Upper lemma apiculate, minutely wrinkled, bisexual; palea equal and similar to the lemma.


Habit
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Herbarium
Sheet

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in shady areas often near water; coastal districts north from Gosford.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***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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