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W.D. Clayton, M. Vorontsova, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson

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Eriachne tenuiculmis

HABIT Perennial. Culms slender; 60 cm long. Lateral branches ample. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades 2 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface glabrous. Leaf-blade apex pungent.

INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle.

Panicle open; linear; 5–10 cm long.

Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.

FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; compressed slightly; 8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.

GLUMES Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels. Lower glume lateral veins prominent. Lower glume apex acute, or acuminate. Upper glume ovate; 6 mm long; membranous; without keels. Upper glume lateral veins prominent. Upper glume apex acute, or acuminate.

FLORETS Fertile lemma lanceolate, or ovate; laterally compressed; 8 mm long; coriaceous; without keel. Lemma lateral veins prominent. Lemma surface glabrous. Lemma margins involute; ciliate. Lemma apex acuminate; muticous. Palea 1 length of lemma; cartilaginous. Palea surface glabrous.

FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.

DISTRIBUTION Australasia: Australia.

NOTES Eriachneae. Fl W Austral 1994.

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