Electronic Flora of South Australia
Electronic Flora of South Australia
Census of SA Plants, Algae & Fungi
Identification tools

Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Family: Poaceae
Eragrostis australasica

Citation: C.E. Hubb., Kew Bull. 1941:26 (1941).

Synonymy: Glyceria australasica Steudel, Synops. Pl. glumac. 1:286 (1854); Poa ramigera F. Muell., J. Trans. Vict. Inst. 1:45 (1855); G. ramigera (F. Muell.)Benth., Fl. Aust. 7:659 (1878).\

Common name: Cane-grass, bamboo-grass.

Perennial 1-3 m high, shrubby, shortly rhizomatous; culms up to 5 mm wide and cane-like, much-branched at the many nodes; leaves coriaceous, becoming hardened and often yellowish; blades up to 20 cm long, flat and 2-6 mm wide or subulate.

Panicle 5-26 x 6-9 (rarely 22) cm, rather dense to open; primary branches up to 16 cm long; spikelets 5-13 x 1-1.8 mm, loosely 4-15-flowered, linear; rhachilla jointed, straight or slightly flexuose, internodes 0.8-1 mm long, each one partly enveloped by its attached lemma; glumes persistent, lanceolate, acuminate, rounded on the back, glabrous, faintly nerved; the lower 1.5-3.5 mm and the upper 2-4 mm long; lemmas 2.3-3.5 mm long, persistent, membranous or partly hyaline, ovate, truncate to obtuse, often notched or erose; lateral nerves about half as long as the lemma itself, often obscure; palea spathulate, splitting along a median line into two parts, keels smooth, flaps as wide as the body or slightly wider.

grain strongly compressed laterally, oblong to ovate, convex or flattened on the back.

Published illustration: Gardner (1952) Flora of Western Australia 1:pl. 33b; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 97.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU.   All mainland States.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — May.

SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available

Disclaimer Copyright Disclaimer Copyright Email Contact:
State Herbarium of South Australia
Government of South Australia Government of South Australia Government of South Australia Department for Environment and Water