Common name: Fine-leaved Snow-grass
Poa clivicola Vickery APNI*
Description: Slender, caespitose, green or glaucous-green perennial to 0.6 m high, the innovations intravaginal.
Culms very slender, terete, usually smooth and glabrous, well exserted, 1–2-noded, to c. 60 cm tall. Sheaths smooth to minutely scabrid, glabrous, pallid at the base; ligule 0.5–1.5 mm long, firmly membranous, truncate; blade inrolled, terete or angular-terete, very fine, mostly 3–15 cm long, 0.2–0.4 mm wide, finely pointed, scabrous, usually not rigid.
Inflorescence 2–12 cm long, loose, devoid of spikelets in the lower 50%. Spikelets strongly compressed, 2–7-flowered. Glumes acute, 3-nerved. Lemmas acute or subacute, 5-nerved, web absent or obsolescent; palea scabrous on the keels in the upper 75% and smooth below.
Flowering: Flowers in summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows chiefly on the better drained grassland slopes of the Australian Alps between c. 1330 and 2000 m altitiude.
NSW subdivisions: NT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).
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