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Paspalidium distans (Trin.) Hughes APNI*
Synonyms: Paspalidium radiatum Vickery APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to 0.7 m high with extravaginal innovations.
Leaves with sheath pilose or glabrous; ligule a dense row of cilia, c. 0.5 mm long; blade to 4 mm wide, pilose or glabrescent and scabrous on the lower surface.
Panicle at length exserted, to 30 cm long; bristle 1–2 mm long. Spikelets 1.8–2.2 cm long, acute, plump and gibbous at maturity. Lower glume obtuse to acute, 40–60% the length of the spikelet, 1–5-nerved; upper > 75% the length of the spikelet, usually very obtuse, 5–9-nerved. Lower lemma sterile, c. equal to the spikelet in size and shape, 5–7-nerved; palea very small or absent. Upper lemma equalling the spikelet, c. 2 mm long, elliptic, acute, minutely apiculate, granular-striolate and transversely rugulose, obscurely 3-nerved.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and scrub on poor soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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