Common name: Hairy Panic
Panicum effusum R.Br. APNI*
Description: Hairy tufted perennial to 0.7 m high with extravaginal innovations.
Leaves with sheath with tubercle-based hairs, the basal sheaths villous; ligule a row of cilia 0.5–1 mm long; blade 2–6 mm wide, with tubercle-based hairs.
Panicle 8–50 cm long, breaking off at maturity and wind-dispersed, pedicels to 10 mm long. Spikelets 2 or 3 mm long, glabrous. Lower glume c. 65 % as long as the spikelet, acute or acuminate, 3–5-nerved; upper the shape and size of the spikelet, usually 5-nerved. Lower lemma sterile, usually a little shorter than the upper glume, acuminate, usually 7-nerved, palea to 50% as long as the lemma. Upper lemma 1.25–2 mm long, broad-elliptic, minutely papillose to smooth and shining, 7-nerved.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in woodland and on disturbed sites.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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