Common name: Nodding Hedgehog Grass
Echinopogon nutans var. nutans C.E.Hubb. APNI*
Description: Perennial to 1.2 m high, arising from a slender rhizome.
Leaves with sheath retrorsely scabrid, glabrous or shortly pilose below; ligule truncate, c. 1–2 mm long; blade 2–8 mm wide, glabrous or scaberulous.
Panicle nodding, ovate-oblong or becoming oblong, dense, 2–8 cm long, 0.8–2 cm wide (including awns). Spikelets appressed, linear or linear-lanceolate, 5–8 mm long. Glumes narrow-lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, firmly membranous, keel rigidly ciliolate, rarely scabrous above. Lemma usually as long as spikelet, linear or linear-lanceolate, 5-nerved, bilobed, lobes 1–2 mm long; callus hairs c. 1 mm long, bearded; awn rigid, 6–20 mm long, scabrid. Palea shorter than lemma, keel scabrid or rigidly ciliolate above middle.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest or grassland; north from Walcha.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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