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Family: Poaceae
Enneapogon caerulescens

Citation: N. Burb., Proc. Linn. Soc., Lond. 153:87 (1941).

Synonymy: Pappophorum caerulescens Gaudich., Voy. aut. Monde (Bot.) 480 (1826). , Enneapogon caerulescens

Common name: None

Annual or short-lived perennial 16-22 (rarely 10-40) cm, leafy and densely tufted near the base, scabrous and pubescent to hirsute with simple and glandular hairs on the culms, leaves and glumes; culms usually branched; blades flat or involute, acute at the apex.

Panicle 1-2.6 x 1-2 cm (including the awns), compact, ovate or elliptic to lanceolate or oblong; axillary inflorescences common and cleistogamous spikelets present in lower sheaths; spikelet 4- or 5-flowered with 1 floret fertile; spikelets in the upper part of the panicle usually larger than the lower ones; glumes membranous, with broad hyaline margins, 2.7-5.8 mm long, 5-8-(rarely 4-9-) nerved, lanceolate or oblong to ovate or elliptic, obtuse, entire or erose; lowest floret: body 2.3 (rarely 2-2.8) mm long, membranous, with strongly ribbed nerves, bearded with hairs usually longer than the body itself, ciliate on the margins, often with 2 nerves entering each peripheral awn; awns 4.5-6.3 (rarely 1.8-7.2) mm long; palea of lowest floret: body hairy or sometimes near the apex and the base glabrous or almost so; flaps hairy; keels ciliate in about the upper half with hairs less than 0.3 mm long, partly scaberulous or glabrous in the lower half; grain 1.2-2 x 0.6-1.2 mm, ellipsoid or oblong to obovoid; second floret: lemma smooth, glabrous; palea hairy; rhachilla hispid.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, MU.   W.Aust.; N.T.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: throughout the year.

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