Anthosachne plurinervis (Vickery) Barkworth & S.W.L.Jacobs APNI*
Synonyms: Agropyron scabrum var. plurinervis Vickery APNI*
Anthosachne australasica var. plurinervis C.Yen & J.L.Yang APNI*
Elymus scaber var. plurinervis (Vickery) B.K.Simon APNI*
Elymus plurinervis (Vickery) Connor APNI*
Elymus sp. B sensu Wheeler et al., Grasses NSW 3rd edn (2002) APNI*
Description: Caespitose perennials to c. 80 cm tall.
Sheaths glabrous or hairy; auricles 0.05–1.6 mm long; ligule 0.3–0.8 mm long, membranous; blade flat, 1.8–4 mm wide.
Inflorescence spicate, to 70 cm long, with 6–13 spikelets solitary at each node. Spikelets 25–50 mm long, 4–8-flowered. Glumes equal or subequal, lower 7.7–11 mm long, 5–6-nerved, muticous, apiculate or with an awn 0.5–0.7 mm long; upper glume 8.9–12.5 mm long, 5–8-nerved, muticous, apiculate, mucronate or with an awn 0.5 mm long. Lemmas 12–14.5 mm long, 5–7-nerved, awned; lowest lemma with an awn 8.5–22.5 mm long, the others with an awn 17–27 mm long; palea 65–80% lemma length. Caryopsis 20–35% palea length.
Flowering: Mainly late winter to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grasslands on dark self-mulching soils.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B., Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008), as Elymus plurinervis.
Taxon concept: Barkworth, M.E. & Jacobs, S.W.L. (2011). The Triticeae (Gramineae) in Australasia. Telopea. 13 (1-2): 37-56.
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