Common name: Bent-grass
Deyeuxia imbricata Vickery APNI*
Description: Erect perennial to 1.2 m high.
Leaves with ligule membranous, truncate, jagged, laciniate, 3–6 mm long; blade to 4.5 mm wide, grooved and scabrous on both surfaces.
Panicle dense, linear to narrow-elliptic in outline, sometimes slightly lobed, 2.5–15 cm long, branches clustered, appressed, the shorter branches bearing numerous densely imbricate spikelets. Spikelets 2–3.5 mm long, strongly laterally compressed. Glumes narrowly gaping, scarious towards the margins, unequal, 1-nerved, keeled, acute. Lemma 1.5–2.5 mm long, shorter than the glumes, truncate and minutely 4-toothed at the apex, scaberulous, 5-nerved, with a fine, dorsal awn attached c. 0.6 mm below the apex; awn straight, not or scarcely exceeding the lemma; callus minutely and sparsely barbed with hairs to 0.3 mm long. Palea 65% the length of the lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on granitic soils; north from Jenolan Caves.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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