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Puccinellia ciliata Bor
Family Poaceae
Puccinellia ciliata Bor APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial to c. 60 cm tall.

Leaves with sheaths loosely enclosing culm, smooth, glabrous; ligule membranous, 1–3.5 mm long, acute; blade rolled or folded when dry, to 3 mm wide, smooth, glabrous.

Inflorescence open, 10–25 cm long; branches to 7 cm long, appressed at first, later spreading; rachis scabrous, glabrous; pedicel 1–10 mm long, scabrous, glabrous. Spikelets 6–8 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, florets 5–8, bisexual, upper florets often reduced. Glumes unequal, acute, smooth, glabrous; lower 1.5–3 mm long; upper glume 2–4.5 mm long. Lemmas 2.5–4 mm long, smooth, glabrous, apex obtuse with the midnerve extended into a short, broad triangular projection <0.5 mm long; palea slightly shorter than lemma, 2-keeled, keels scabrous.

Flowering: Dormant in Summer.

Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *ST, *CWS
AVH map***

This species is sown on the Tablelands and Slopes for reclamation of waterlogged saline areas. It is often sown with Thinopyrum ponticum in southern areas. It is a replacement for Thinopyrum ponticum (which only thrives in more southern areas) in northern areas. [Ref: Department of Primary Industries 2013]

Text by S.W.L. Jacobs (2004); updated Louisa Murray (June 2013)
Taxon concept: S.W.L. Jacobs (2004)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***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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