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Chloris ventricosa R.Br.
Family Poaceae
Common name: plump windmill grass, tall chloris, durawigura (D'harawal)

Chloris ventricosa R.Br. APNI*

Description: Erect, stoloniferous, usually glabrous perennial, to 1 m high; culms branched, 3–6-noded.

Leaves with sheath glabrous, scabrous or sparsely pilose; ligule area scabrous to prominently pilose; blade usually 2–3 mm wide.

Spikes 2–15, digitate, somewhat flexuous, limp, 4–10 cm long. Spikelets densely imbricate, closely arranged in 2 rows along the underside, 2- or 3-flowered, upper empty. Glumes scarious, lower 1.2–2.3 mm long, upper 2.5–4.1 mm long. Fertile lemma elliptic to obovate, acute to obtuse, 2–5.4 mm long, usually glabrous except for scabrous midnerve, occasionally scabrous on the internerves and hairy on the margins, awn 2–17 mm long; the second floret 1–2.6 mm long, with awn 1–9 mm long; third floret, when present, smaller than the second floret and awnless.

Photo L. von Richter

Photo L. von Richter

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in woodland on good soil.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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