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Enneapogon gracilis

HABIT Annual, or perennial. Rootstock evident. Culms 22–30 cm long. Lateral branches ample. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform; convolute; 1–2 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous, or pubescent. Leaf-blade apex acute.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Peduncle antrorsely scabrous above.

Panicle spiciform; linear; 3–4 cm long; 1 cm wide.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 4.6–8.8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.

GLUMES Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 3.6–5 mm long; 0.7–0.8 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 9–15 -veined. Lower glume surface pubescent; with capitate hairs. Lower glume apex acute, or acuminate. Upper glume ovate; 4.6–8.8 mm long; 3–4 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 7–11 -veined. Upper glume surface pubescent; with capitate hairs. Upper glume apex acute, or acuminate.

FLORETS Fertile lemma oblate; 1.6–2.2 mm long; coriaceous; firmer above (knuckled); without keel; 9–11 -veined. Lemma lateral veins without ribs, or ribbed. Lemma surface pilose; hairy below; inner surface transversely fringed. Lemma margins eciliate, or ciliate. Lemma apex dentate; 9 -fid; awned; 9 -awned. Principal lemma awn 3–9 mm long overall; 2 length of lemma; limb plumose; glabrescent towards tip. Lateral lemma awns arising on apex of lobes; subequal to principal; of unequal width (outer wider); plumose. Palea membranous. Palea keels ciliolate; adorned all along, or above; with 0.75–1 of their length adorned. Palea surface pubescent; hairy on back; hairy all along. Palea apex awned. Apical sterile florets 2 in number; barren. Apical sterile lemmas awned; 9 -awned. Apical sterile lemma awns ciliate.

FLOWER Lodicules 2. Anthers 3.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid, or oblong, or obovoid; concavo-convex; 1–1.8 mm long. Hilum punctiform.

DISTRIBUTION Australasia: Australia.

NOTES Pappophoreae. Kakudidi.

ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS Lemma hairs less than base of awns.

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