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Rytidosperma unarede (Raoul) Connor & Edgar
Family Poaceae
Rytidosperma unarede (Raoul) Connor & Edgar APNI*

Description: Slender perennial, up to c. 45 cm tall.

Leaves with blade narrow, up to 40 cm long, 3.5 mm wide, often tightly inrolled.

Inforescence an erect panicle 5–10 cm long, 1–2.3 mm wide, slightly branched; spikelets 3–8-flowered; glumes 8–15 mm long, with apex acuminate, 5(-7)-veined, dorsally purplish; lemma 2–5 mm long, tinged purplish, deeply biloned, with 2 transvere rows of stiff hairs; lower hairs straight, 2–4 mm long; central awn geniculate, 8–12 mm long, twisted in lower part; palea narrow, 4–5 mm long, glabrous or with a few marginal hairs.

Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in Lord Howe Island; also native to New Zealand.

Recorded as a rare tufted grass growing in dry basalt in goat dung-affected soil.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
AVH map***

Text by P.S. Green (1994)
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994); name updated Aug 2012

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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