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Setaria paspalidioides Vickery
Family Poaceae
Setaria paspalidioides Vickery APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial to 0.7 m high.

Culms ribbed, scabrous, especially towards the nodes, channelled on one side, glabrous. Sheaths prominently ribbed, scabrous, long-ciliate on one margin, sprinkled with long, fine hairs; ligule densely ciliate, c. 1.5 mm long; blade flat, linear, slightly narrowed towards the base, acuminate, rather stiff, up to 30 cm long, 9 mm wide, scabrous.

Inflorescence scabrous, especially upwards, narrow, rather sparsely and loosely flowered, with branches erect, rather distant, bristles unequal, very flexuose, up to c. 10 mm long. Spikelets c. 3 mm long, most but not all subtended by a bristle, pallid. Lower glume c. 40% spikelet length, broadly triangular, acute to obtuse; upper 60–80% spikelet length, very broadly elliptical or rotundate. Lower lemma sterile, as long as spikelet, broadly acute, apiculate, 5-nerved; palea c. 75% lemma length, lanceolate. Upper lemma bisexual, coarsely and smoothly transversely rugulose below, crustaceous, shining; palea similarly crustaceous.


Flowering: Flowers in summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by Illustration in Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).

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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