Puccinellia perlaxa (Stapf ex N.G.Walsh) N.G.Walsh & A.R.Williams APNI*
Synonyms: Puccinellia stricta var. perlaxa Stapf ex N.G.Walsh APNI*
Puccinellia perlaxa N.G.Walsh & A.R.Williams APNI*
Puccinellia sp. A APNI*
Description: Tufted annual or perennial, culms erect, to 50 cm high.
Leaves pale green to glaucescent, glabrous; sheaths often rather broad and loose; blades narrow, closely folded or inrolled, to 30 cm x 1 mm; ligule blunt, 1–2 mm long.
Inflorescence a broad ovate panicle, with fine, widely spreading or sometimes deflexed branches (resembling some Panicum spp.), to 30 x 25 cm, usually fully exserted from upper sheath; spikelets mostly 4–5 (rarely 6) flowered, 5–8 mm long, frequently purplish; lower glume 1–2 mm long, upper glume 2.2–3 mm long; lemma 2.5–3 mm long, smooth and glabrous except for a few short hairs near the base; palea subequal to lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: Known from coastal saltmarsh in Victoria, and in NSW in areas of swamps with salt tolerant species in the Southern Tablelands. In Tasmania on the edge of saline lagoons.
Known from coastal saltmarsh in Victoria, and in NSW in areas of swamps with salt tolerant species in the Southern Tablelands. In Tasmania on the edge of saline lagoons.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Williams, A.R. (2007), Puccinellia (Poaceae) in Western Australia. Nuytsia 16(2) as Puccinellia stricta var. perlaxa.
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