Apluda mutica L. Sp. Pl. 82
Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily
Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information: India:, (LT: LINN-1213.1).
(books and floras):  G.Bentham, Flora Australiensis 7 (544),
 M.Lazarides, Tropical Grasses S.E.Asia (19),  D.Sharp &
B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of Australia.
blunt. Lacking awns or lemmas and/or glumes truncate.
Perennial. Culms decumbent or prostrate or sprawling, 30–300 cm tall. Mid-culm
nodes glabrous. Lateral branches branched. Ligule a fringed membrane, a
ciliolate membrane, 1–1.3 mm long, abaxially glabrous. Leaf-blades 3–25 cm
long, 1.5–10 mm wide.
Inflorescence compound, composed of rames. Rhachis obsolete.
Spikelets sessile, 1 in the cluster. Companion spikelets pedicelled, 2 in the
cluster. Companion spikelets rudimentary or developed (pair unequal), male, 2–5
mm long. Companion spikelet glumes muticous. Fertile spikelets 2-flowered, the
lower floret barren (rarely male), the upper fertile, comprising 1 basal
sterile florets, comprising 1 fertile floret(s), without rachilla extension,
oblong, laterally compressed, 2–6 mm long.
Glumes dissimilar, firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate or ovate,
coriaceous, much thinner above, without keels or keeled, 2-keeled, winged on
keel, winged narrowly, 11–13 -nerved. Lower glume surface glabrous. Upper glume
lanceolate, chartaceous or coriaceous, keeled, 1-keeled, 5–9 -nerved. Upper
glume surface glabrous. Florets. Basal sterile florets 1, male, with
palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret 90 % of length of spikelet, hyaline, 3
Fertile lemma 4 mm
long, without keel, 3 -nerved. Lemma apex entire or lobed, muticous or awned, 1
-awned. Median (principal) awn from a sinus, 4–12 mm long overall, without a
column or with a twisted column. Palea 0 -nerved, without keels.
Distribution: Temperate Asia, Tropical Asia, Australasia, and Pacific.
Distribution: Queensland, Cocos Keeling Is, Ashmore Reef, Coral Sea Is.
India through SE Asia to the Torres Strait, where one collection is known from Pandanus
woodland of Saibai Is.. Flowers July.