Eragrostis basedowii Jedwabnick. Bot.
Arch. 4: 328 (1923).
Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily
Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information: Sud-Australien, Flinders Range,
(books and floras):  C.A.Gardner, Flora of Western Australia 1
Gramineae (121),  M.Lazarides in J.Jessop (ed)., Flora of
Central Australia (460),  D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass,
Grasses of Australia,  J.Jessop, G.R.M.Dashorst, F.M.James, Grasses
of South Australia (364),  S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Walley &
D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South Wales (249).
 K.Mallet (ed.), Flora of Australia 44B: Poaceae 3
(Fig. 64S-T),  J.Jessop, G.R.M.Dashorst, F.M.James, Grasses of South
Australia (365, Fig. 292), 
S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Whalley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South Wales,
4th edn (249).
Culms erect or geniculately ascending or decumbent or prostrate, 2.5–55 cm
tall. Lateral branches simple or sparsely branched. Leaf-sheaths smooth,
glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringe of hairs, 0.25–0.4 mm long. Leaf-blades
straight, flat or involute or convolute, 3–10(–26) cm long, 2–3.5(–5) mm wide.
Leaf-blade surface smooth, glabrous.
Inflorescence compound, a panicle. Panicle oblong, 1–8(–20) cm long, 0.5–2.5 cm
Spikelets pedicelled. Fertile spikelets many flowered, with at least 2 fertile
florets ((8-)18–30(-54)), comprising (8–)18–30(–54) fertile floret(s), with
diminished florets at the apex, linear or lanceolate or oblong or ovate,
laterally compressed, (5–)11–27(–40) mm long.
similar. Lower glume lanceolate, membranous, keeled, 1-keeled, 1 -nerved. Upper
glume lanceolate, 1.5–3 mm long, membranous, keeled, 1-keeled, 1 -nerved.
Fertile lemma 2–4.5 mm long, keeled, 3 -nerved. Lemma apex muticous or
mucronate. Lodicules present. Anthers 3.
Distribution: Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia,
Queensland, New South Wales.
Western Australia: Dampier.
Fortescue. Northern Territory: Central
Australia North, Central Australia South. South Australia: North-western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens Basin,
Flinders Ranges, Eastern. Queensland: Burke, Cook, Gregory
North, Mitchell, Warrego, South Kennedy, Gregory South. New South Wales: North Far Western
Distinguishing characters include annual duration; terminal and axillary
panicles of compact often globular clusters of spikelets; terminal panicles
shorter than uppermost leaves; persistent glumes, lemmas and paleas; unequal
glumes; straight, fragile rachilla exposed at maturity; lemmas and paleas firm
to hardened, granular-scabrid, gibbous or curved, with distinctive inrolled
distribution is from central N.T. across the Simpson Desert to Tibooburra in W
N.S.W.; also from Burketown to Normanton and E to near Croyden in the Gulf of
Carpentaria, Qld. In or near watercourses, run-on flats, clay pans, swales
lagoons, lakes and saline depressions, sandridges, in clayey or sandy or loamy
soils, sometimes with laterite.; flowers in all months except for Oct. and
Dec.; fruits in all months except for Oct. and Dec.