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Urochloa fasciculata
Family Poaceae
Urochloa fasciculata APNI*

Description: Decumbent annual to 0.7 m high.

Leaves with sheath usually sprinkled with tubercle-based hairs; ligule densely ciliate, 0.5–1 mm long; blade 6–20 mm wide, sprinkled with short hairs on both surfaces.

Inflorescence of numerous racemes to 6 cm long, sometimes with secondary branches, spikelets somewhat crowded, solitary or in pairs or triplets. Spikelets c. 3 mm long, glabrous, constricted into a short stipe-like base. Lower glume 30–50% as long as the spikelet, 5–7-nerved; upper glume 7-nerved, slightly exceeding the fertile floret. Lower lemma sterile, similar to the upper glume, 7-nerved, with a palea about as long as the lemma. Fertile lemma abaxial (back away from the axis) minutely apiculate, c. 2.5 mm long, transversely rugulose especially about the middle; palea similar to the lemma.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: A pasture weed of subtropical areas. Native of C Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & C. A. Wall
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. reticulata

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