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Eragrostis lanicaulis Lazarides
Family Poaceae
Eragrostis lanicaulis Lazarides APNI*

Description: Perennials to c. 50 cm tall, with knotted woolly-hairy rhizomes and wiry culms; cataphylls woolly below, glabrous above.

Sheaths mostly glabrous, glabrous at the orifice; ligule c. 0.5 mm long; blade to 7 cm long, flat at first but soon tightly rolled, almost pungent.

Inflorescence more or less spicate, to c. 15 cm long, branches to 2.5 cm long and bearing spiklets to the base; spikelets subsessile or with pedicels <1.5 mm long. Spikelets 8–46 mm long, 1.2–1.6 mm wide, biconvex or terete, linear; rachilla persistent, straight, florets <100. Glumes 1.3–1.9 mm long, obtuse, usually notched, rounded or keeled. Lemmas 1.7–2 mm long, obtuse, sometimes notched, with tubercle- based prickles near the apex, lateral nerves midway or somewhat closer to the midnerve, deciduous; palea scabrous or ciliolate at apex, keeled, persistent.

Distribution and occurrence:

Rises and depressions in floodway country.
NSW subdivisions: NWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).

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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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