Common name: Slender Tussock-grass, Soft Tussock-grass
Poa tenera F.Muell. ex Hook.f. APNI*
Synonyms: Poa caespitosa var. tenera (Hook.f.) Benth. APNI*
Poa saxicola var. effusa Nees APNI*
Description: Flaccid, trailing or tufted perennial with stolons to 2 m long.
Leaves with sheath becoming loose, thin, smooth or slightly scabrid; ligule firmly membranous, 0.5–1.5 mm long, truncate; blade often flat, or folded and inrolled, 1–1.5 mm wide, usually smooth.
Panicle 2–12 cm long, at length spreading, branches filiform. Spikelets compressed, 2–4-flowered, 3–4 mm long. Glumes 1–2 mm long, acute to obtuse, lower 1–3-nerved, upper 3-nerved. Lemmas obtuse, 2–3 mm long, distinctly 5-nerved, usually minutely pubescent on the internerves, nerves and margins below; web often obsolete. Palea usually very delicate; very finely scabrous on the keels above.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in shady and moist but well drained situations.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST, CWS, ?SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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