Polypogon chilensis (Kunth) Pilg. APNI*
Description: Caespitose annuals or short-lived perennials to c. 1.2 m tall.
Leaves with ligule membranous, 4–10 mm long; blade glabrous, 15–35 cm long, 3–7 mm wide.
Inflorescence dense, erect, lobed, more or less linear, 15–30 cm long. Spikelets of 1 bisexual floret, falling entire; pedicels hispid, 2.5–3 mm long. Glumes acute, mucronate, subequal, 2.5–3 mm long, keeled, the keels with hyalines bristles or spines 0.2–0.5 mm long. Lemma membranous, 1–1.5 mm long, apex truncate with the lateral nerves terminating in minute teeth; awn subapical, dorsal, erect, 0.1–1 mm long; palea hyaline, shorter than the lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: Native to South America.
An uncommon weed of damp areas.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Text by S.W.L. Jacobs (2004); updated Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Fl of NSW, vol. 4 (1993); updated Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).
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