Common name: Shotgrass
Paspalidium globoideum (Domin) Hughes APNI*
Synonyms: Setaria globoidea (Domin) R.D.Webster APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to 0.9 m high with a contracted rootstock.
Leaves with sheath glabrous; ligule truncate, membranous, ciliate, c. 0.75 mm long; blade to 6 mm wide.
Panicle 7–45 cm long, with distant branches below, single spikelets above; pedicels c. 0.5 mm long (sometimes longer). Spikelets swollen on 1 side, ± globose, 3.5–4.5 mm long and almost as broad, glabrous. Lower glume 30–50% as long as the spikelet, shortly acute, clasping the base of the spikelet, inflated below, prominently 7-nerved; upper inflated, prominently 9–13-nerved. Lower lemma sterile or sometimes male, c. equalling the spikelet, 9–11-nerved; palea equalling its lemma. Upper lemma equalling the spikelet, broad, apiculate, very finely granulose in close longitudinal lines.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in native grasslands on self-mulching black soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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