Common name: Slender Panic
Paspalidium gracile (R.Br.) Hughes APNI*
Description: Wiry tufted perennial to 0.8 m high with knotted rootstock and extravaginal shoots.
Leaves with sheath glabrous, or sometimes with tubercle-based hairs; ligule a row of cilia, c. 1–1.5 mm long; blade to 3.5 mm wide, often with hairs to 0.6 mm long.
Panicle at length much exserted, 4–10 cm long. Spikelets 2–2.75 mm long, with a marked constriction c. 25% of their length from the base. Lower glume c. 50–75% as long as the spikelet, ± acute, 3–5-nerved, glabrous or shortly pubescent; upper c. 80–90% as long as the spikelet, 5–11-nerved. Lower lemma sterile, equalling the spikelet in size and shape, slightly constricted towards the base, 5-nerved; palea minute or absent. Upper lemma obovate to elliptic, minutely apiculate, broadly stipe-like near the base, striolate, distinctly finely transversely rugose.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on rocky hillsides.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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