Common name: Curly Windmill Grass
Enteropogon ramosus B.K.Simon APNI*
Synonyms: Chloris acicularis var. queenslandiae Domin APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to c. 1 m high; culms glabrous, smooth, divided, with up to 8 branches from the lower nodes.
Leaves with sheath glabrous, smooth or with scattered tubercles towards apex; ligule a ciliolate membrane to 0.3 mm long; blade to 5 mm wide, glabrous, scabrous on margins.
Spikes 2–9 per inflorescence, digitate, spreading in a single plane, 4–20 cm long. Glumes persistent, linear, acuminate, lower 2–3.5 mm long, upper 3.5–7 mm long. Lower lemma acuminate, 5–9 mm long, minutely scabrous, awn 9–18 mm long; second lemma 2–4 mm long, awn 7–14 mm long; third minute or absent.
Flowering: summer or in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Often grows on clayey soils or sand overlying clay.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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