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Family: Poaceae
Danthonia pilosa

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 177 (1810).

Synonymy: Notodanthonia pilosa (R. Br.)Zotov, New Zealand J. Bot. 1:118 (1963); Rytidosperma pilosum (R. Br.)Connor & Edgar, New Zealand J. Bot. 17:326 (1979).

Common name: Velvet (or purple-awned) wallaby-grass.

Erect or slightly geniculate tufted perennial; blades flat or inrolled, to 2 mm wide and 12 cm long, with pilose hairs 0.5-1 mm long; ligule a dense ring of cilia c. 0.3 mm long, collar hairs 3-5 mm long.

Panicle exserted, 4-7 cm long; spikelets crowded and much overlapping, sometimes almost racemose, 7-9-flowered, pale, closely packed, about the same length as the glumes except for the long exserted central awns; glumes 9-20 mm long, subequal, 5-7-nerved; lemma 4-6 mm long (including the hairy callus of 0.75-1 mm), glabrous except for a whorl of hairs above the callus and 2 marginal and 2-4 dorsal tufts c. 1.5 mm below the sinus (dorsal tufts sometimes absent); lateral lobes narrow, firm, tapering within 2-4 mm into setae 6-8 mm long; central awn usually twisted strongly in the lower part, exceeding the lateral lobes by 5-10 mm; palea 3-5 mm long, only shortly exceeding the sinus, oblanceolate, glabrous on the back or with a few cilia near the base; anthers pink-orange or white, 1.5-2 mm long.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

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