Common name: Vasey Grass
Paspalum urvillei Steud. APNI*
Description: Erect tufted perennial to 2.5 m high.
Leaves with sheath coarsely hairy; ligule to 6 mm long; blade to 15 mm wide, long-hairy at the base, otherwise glabrous.
Inflorescence 10–40 cm long with 6–30 mostly erect racemes (commonly 12–18) 6–14 cm long, becoming progressively shorter towards the apex. Spikelets pedicellate, paired, 2–3 mm long, in 4 rows. Lower glume absent. Upper glume and sterile lemma similar and equal to the spikelet, fringed with long silky hairs, 3–5-nerved, the glume sparsely covered with appressed silky hairs, the sterile lemma glabrous or almost so. Fertile floret 1.8–2 mm long, nearly smooth.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed areas on low nutrient soils, common on bush tracks. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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