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Family: Poaceae
Eriachne mucronata

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 184 (1810).

Synonymy: E. scleranthoides sensu Benth., Fl. Aust. 7:631 (1878), non F. Muell.; E. ovata Nees var. pedicellata sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 71 (1922), non Nees.

Common name: Mountain wanderrie, mountain wanderrie grass.

Tufted stems, 15-45 cm high, often much-branched; base shortly hairy (not woolly); nodes, where exserted, minutely pubescent; leaf blades scabrous, variable, stiff, subulate and pungent, erect spreading or recurved and 1-3 cm long, or flexible and narrowly channelled or flattish and 8-10 cm long.

panicle narrow, exserted, 1-7 cm long, c. 1 cm broad; spikelets 4-30, pale or purplish, the lateral pedicels 4-7 mm long; glumes glabrous, 5-6 mm long, 9-13-nerved; lemma as long, distinctly mucronate so that in profile it appears abruptly acuminate, villous on the lower part of the back, closely embracing the palea, which is minutely 2-toothed at the summit.

Published illustration: Lazarides (1970) The grasses of Central Australia, pl, 46a & b; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 106.

Distribution:  In central Australia it grows in hilly and rugged country on shallow soils. It is not considered to be of any value as a natural pasture grass.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EA.   All mainland States except Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: May — June.

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