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Eragrostis kennedyae Turner
Family Poaceae
Common name: Smallflower Lovegrass

Eragrostis kennedyae Turner APNI*

Description: Tufted annual or short-lived perennial to c. 0.4 m high; base of cataphylls with hairs to 1 mm long, margin with hairs to 0.5 mm long; nodes glabrous or with hairs to 0.5 mm long.

Leaves with sheath margin with hairs to 0.5 mm long; orifice glabrous or with hairs to 2 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.25 mm long; blade usually rolled, to 1 mm wide, glabrous or with scattered hairs to 0.5 mm long.

Inflorescence contracted, 3–18 cm long, 0.3–1 cm wide, often only partly exserted; pedicels to 0.5 mm long. Spikelets 0.6–1 mm long, to 0.5 mm wide; florets 3 or 4, the uppermost often reduced; rachilla disarticulating between the lemmas. Glumes persistent, 0.5–0.9 mm long, acute, glabrous, keel scabrous. Lemmas c. 0.5 mm long, acute, keeled, glabrous. Palea subequal to lemma.

Flowering: in response to rain.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed areas of the northern inland.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

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

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***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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