Themeda arguens (L.) Hack. DC.
Monog. Phan .6: 657 (1889).
Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily
Replacement Name: Stipa arguens
L., Sp. Pl. (ed. 2) 117 (1762).
Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information: India: Coll?.
(books and floras): . R.Brown, Prodromus (200 as Anthistiria
frondosa),  G.Bentham, Flora Australiensis 7 (542 as Anthistiria
frondosa),  C.A.Gardner, Flora of Western Australia 1 Gramineae
(342),  D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of Australia.
Culms erect or geniculately ascending, 20–300 cm tall. Leaves mostly basal.
Ligule an eciliate membrane, 1 mm long. Leaf-blades flat or conduplicate, 5–30
cm long, 4–7 mm wide.
Inflorescence compound, of pedicelled spikelet clusters. Rhachis fragile at the
Spikelets sessile, 1 in the cluster. Companion spikelets pedicelled, 2 in the
cluster. Basal sterile spikelets represented by a single scale, 4 in number.
Companion spikelets developed, comprising 2 subequal glumes without lemmas,
6–10 mm long. 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, elliptic, terete, 8–11 mm long.
dissimilar, firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong, coriaceous, without
keels, 7 -nerved. Lower glume surface indumented. Upper glume oblong,
coriaceous, 3 -nerved. Upper glume surface indumented. Florets. Basal
sterile florets 1, barren, without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile
Fertile lemma 3 mm
long, without keel, 1 -nerved. Lemma apex entire, awned, 1 -awned. Median
(principal) awn apical, 50–90 mm long overall, with a twisted column. Palea
Distribution: Tropical Asia, Australasia, Pacific, and South America.
Distribution: Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland.
Gardner. Northern Territory: Darwin & Gulf. Queensland:
Burke, Cook, North Kennedy.
Notes. A fairly
widespread tropical species from northern regions of Australia and extending
through SE Asia to the Andaman Is.. Flowers Feb.--Sept.