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Family: Poaceae
Iseilema membranaceum

Citation: Domin, Biblthca Bot. 85:280 (1915).

Synonymy: Anthistiria rnembranacea Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, J. Trop. Austral. 88 (1848); L actinostachys Domin, Biblthca Bot. 85:282 (1915); L mitchellii Andersson, Nova Acta Soc. Sci. Upsal., ser. 3, 2:252 (1856). , Anthistiria membranacea, Iseilema actinostachys, Iseilema mitchellii

Common name: Small Flinders-grass.

Leaf blades flat, c. 3 mm broad; floral sheaths 8-12 mm long, or sometimes rather longer, flattened, keeled, herbaceous.

Racemes spreading-erect, conspicuous and quite exserted from the floral sheaths; the 4 involucral spikelets 3.5-4 mm long, with 2 glumes each, the first 7-9-nerved and minutely scabrous-hairy, all on short pedicels about as long as or rather longer than the tuffs of hair at their base; fertile spikelet c. 5 mm long, bearded by a few long hairs at their base and on a pedicel of c. 1 mm, the first glume 3-5-nerved between the keels, ciliate on margins and more or less pubescent on the back, base of awn c. 3 mm long, entire, awn 12-13 mm long.

Published illustration: Lazarides (1970) The grasses of Central Australia, pl. 51 c; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 111.

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

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: March — Sept.

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Biology: Palatable.

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