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Family: Poaceae
Eragrostis parviflora

Citation: Trin., Mém. Acad. Sci. St Petersb. sér. 6, Sci. math. phys. & nat. 1:411 (1831).

Synonymy: Poa parviflora R. Br, Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 180 (1810); P. pellucida R. Br., Prod. 1,7. Nov. Holl. 181 (1810); E. pellucida (R. Br.) Steudel, Synops. Pl. glumac. 1:279 (1854); E. pilosa sensu Benth., Fl. Aust. 7:645 (1878), non (L.)P. Beauv.

Common name: Weeping lovegrass.

Annual or short-lived perennial 30-135 cm high, usually eglandular, with a glabrous scarcely thickened base; culms erect or ascending, terete or the lower internodes compressed, simple or sparsely branched, 2- or 3-noded; leaves with ribbed sometimes glandular nerves, mostly glabrous and smooth; sheaths often bearded on the margins of the orifice with tubercle-based hairs to 2.5 mm long; blades flat and to 4.5 mm wide or convolute.

Panicle 20-60 x 11-30 cm, loose or open, sometimes drooping; axils glabrous or bearded with hairs up to 4 mm long; primary branches 8-23 cm long, usually the lower ones in 1-3 whorls or subwhorls of few and the upper ones 1- or 2-nate, naked in the lower part for up to 4 cm; spikelets 2.5-16 x 0.8-1.5 mm, loosely 3-30-flowered, linear or narrowly oblong, a dark olive-green when young; rhachilla persistent, with smooth or scaberulous internodes 0.4-0.6 mm long; glumes membranous to hyaline, acute to acuminate; the lower 0.7-1.5 mm long, narrowly ovate to triangular, usually rounded on the back and smooth; the upper 1.2-1.8 mm long, lanceolate, usually keeled and scaberulous upwards on the keel; lemmas 1.5-2 mm long, membranous, lanceolate, obtuse, scaberulous on the keel or smooth, the lower lemmas in the spikelet often distinctly longer than the upper ones; lateral nerves often faint and about half as long as the lemma itself; paleas persistent or falling well after the lemmas, spathulate, obtuse or narrowly truncate; keels sparsely scaberulous in the upper part or almost smooth.

Grain slightly compressed laterally, oblong-elliptic to obovate-elliptic.

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 103.

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

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: throughout the year.

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Biology: Not grazed.

Author: Not yet available

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