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Dichelachne rara (R.Br.) Vickery
Family Poaceae
Dichelachne rara (R.Br.) Vickery APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial to 1.2 m high; culms and nodes glabrous.

Leaves with sheath smooth, glabrous; ligule membranous, 1–2 mm long, one side sometimes with an auricular lobe about twice as long as the ligule; blade flat or inrolled, to 5 mm wide, sometimes scaberulous.

Inflorescence open or contracted, 8–30 cm long, to 5 cm wide, branches sometimes flexuous. Spikelets 4–6 mm long, rachilla extending to a sterile projection to 0.7 mm long. Lower glume 4–5.5 mm long, upper 4–6 mm long. Lemma 75–100% the length of the upper glume, subterminally awned c. 0.5 mm below the membranous tip; awn 11–17 mm long, geniculate, twisted; callus with rigid hairs 0.2–1.5 mm long. Palea subequal to lemma. Anthers 3.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in woodland on better soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

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

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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