Common name: Urochloa Grass, Liverseed Grass
Urochloa panicoides P.Beauv. APNI*
Description: Stoloniferous annual to 0.7 m high.
Leaves with sheath with tubercle-based hairs; ligule a densely ciliate rim 1–1.5 mm long; blade 3–15 mm wide, loosely to densely hairy on both surfaces or rarely almost glabrous, the margins undulate or crisped.
Inflorescence of 2–6 racemes mostly 1–6 cm long, simple, moderately dense. Spikelets solitary, 4–5 mm long, glabrous. Lower glume abaxial (back away from the axis), 25–35% the length of the spikelet, sub-5-nerved; upper glume subequal to the spikelet, prominently and equidistantly 7–9-nerved. Lower lemma equalling the spikelet, prominently 5–7-nerved, male or sterile; palea almost equal to the lemma. Fertile lemma slightly shorter than the spikelet, papillose-striate to finely transversely ridged, with a mucro 0.2 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: A naturalized pasture grass; widespread. Native of Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).
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