Common name: Small-flowered Beetle Grass
Diplachne parviflora (R.Br.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect, densely tufted perennial to c. 1 m high; culms 4–6-noded.
Leaves with sheath loose; ligule often laciniate, 1–5 mm long; blade usually convolute, 1–5 mm wide, minutely scabrous.
Panicle 15–30 cm long, open and branched, with numerous erect or spreading slender branches. Spikelets numerous, pedicellate, narrowly elliptic, 5–7-flowered, 6–8 mm long. Glumes 1-nerved, acute or obtuse, lower narrow-ovate, 1.75–2 mm long; upper narrowly oblong, 2–3 mm long. Lemmas narrow-oblong, 2.5–4 mm long, 2- or more-toothed, mucronate or shortly awned, pilose on the mid-nerve and margins. Palea glabrous.
Flowering: in response to rain or flooding.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in seasonally moist sites, in or near water or in depressions.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, ?NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. MaClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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