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Eragrostis xerophila Domin
Family Poaceae
Eragrostis xerophila Domin APNI*

Description: Rhizomatous perennial to 0.5 m high; base swollen, thickened by cataphylls, cataphylls pubescent to woolly with hair to 1 mm long; nodes 4 to many, glabrous.

Leaves with sheath smooth, glabrous, upper margin ciliolate with hairs < 0.25 mm long; ligule a ciliate rim with hairs to 0.5 mm long; blade flat even when dry, to 3 mm wide, glabrous, lower surface smooth, upper surface scabrous.

Inflorescence open, 1–13 cm long, to 4 cm wide; rachis smooth or scabrous; pedicels < 0.5–3 mm long, smooth or scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 4–16 mm long, to 2 mm wide, florets 6–30; rachis persistent with lemmas deciduous, paleas persistent. Glumes 1–2 mm long, acute to obtuse, keeled, smooth, glabrous. Lemmas 1.5–2 mm long, acute to obtuse, keeled, smooth, glabrous, margins translucent. Palea subequal to lemma.

Flowering: in response to rain.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in stony deserts.
NSW subdivisions: 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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