Common name: Woollybutt Grass
Eragrostis eriopoda Benth. APNI*
Description: Rhizomatous perennial to 0.7 m high; base swollen, thickened by cataphylls, cataphylls woolly with hairs to 1 mm long.
Leaves with sheath smooth or scabrous, upper margin often ciliate with hairs to 0.5 mm long; orifice often with rigid hairs to 1 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.5 mm long; blade rolled, c. 1 mm wide, scabrous, glabrous.
Inflorescence open or racemose, 6–15 cm long, to 3 cm wide; rachis smooth or scabrous, glabrous; pedicels 0.25–2 mm long, scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 6–12 mm long, to 3 mm wide, florets 8–24; rachilla persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes 1–1.5 mm long, obtuse or acute, keeled, smooth, glabrous, margins translucent. Lemmas c. 2 mm long, keeled, smooth, glabrous, margins translucent. Palea equal to lemma.
Flowering: in response to rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in red sandy areas of the inland.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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