Common name: Parramatta Grass
Sporobolus africanus (Poir.) Robyns & Tournay APNI*
Synonyms: Sporobolus indicus var. capensis Engl. APNI*
Description: Erect tufted perennials to c. 80 cm tall. Ligule to 0.3 mm long, a fringe of hairs; blade to 2 mm wide.
Inflorescence to 32 cm long, of irregular spicate appressed main branches; branches solitary to whorled, bearing spikelets along their whole length, as long or longer than the adjaceant internode; pedicels 0.7–0.9 mm long. Spikelets 1.5–1.8 mm long. Glumes membranous; lower 0.6–0.7 mm long, obtuse (frequently torn), nerveless; upper glume 0.9–1.1 mm long, at least 50% spikelet length, obtuse, 1-nerved. Lemma 0.9–1.1 mm long, narrowly truncate, 1-nerved; palea 0.8–1 mm long, subequal to the lemma, 2-nerved, obtuse.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in NFWP; Qld, N.Terr., S.A., W.A..
Weeds of disturbed areas and pastoral areas with summer rainfall.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *S.A.
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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