Common name: Pygmy Panic, Dwarf Panic
Panicum pygmaeum R.Br. APNI*
Description: Decumbent perennial to c. 0.3 m high.
Leaves with sheath sprinkled with tubercle-based hairs; ligule a row of cilia to c. 0.5 mm long with longer hairs at the margins; blade linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, sometimes shortly petiolate, 1–7 mm wide, often with tubercle-based hairs.
Panicle not or only shortly exserted, 2–6 cm long, with a few spreading branches. Spikelets 1.75–2.3 mm long, solitary on pedicels 1–2 mm long or the lower sometimes paired with the longer pedicel to c. 7 mm long. Lower glume c. 25% the length of the spikelet, obtuse or truncate, rarely subacute, nerveless; upper the shape and size of the spikelet, 5-nerved. Lower lemma similar to the upper glume, sterile, palea absent. Upper lemma c. 1.5 mm long, smooth, shining, very finely striolate.
Flowering: during warmer months.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on the floor and margins of rainforest or dense Eucalyptus forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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