F. Muell., Linnaea 25:443 (1853).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Desert riceflower.
Erect plant to 0.5 m, mainly herbaceous but woody at the base; stems bearing scattered short fine hairs, glabrescent with age; leaves linear-elliptic to narrow-elliptic, 3-25 mm long, 0.75-4 mm wide, covered with scattered fine loosely appressed hairs, glabrescent with age.
Spikes terminal, to 1.8 cm long at maturity, dense, with the rhachis densely covered with short fine hairs; peduncle to 35 mm long, similar in vestiture to the rhachis; involucral bracts absent; pedicels hairy; flowers bisexual, greenish-yellow to white, 4-7.5 mm long; perianth glabrous inside, covered with short hairs outside, constricted at the neck, circumscissile above the ovary after flowering.
Seed narrow-ovoid or slightly ventricose, glabrous, black, foveate with the pits in rows.
Flowering time: No flowering time is available
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
There are 2 subspecies.
Key to Infraspecific taxa:
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