Agrostis australiensis

Agrostis australiensis Mez. Repert.
Spec .Nov. Regni Veg.
17: 302 (1921).

Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily Pooideae.
Tribe Poeae.

Common name:
Australian Bent.

Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information
: HT: J.H. Maiden & W. Forsyth s.n., 1899,
Australia: New South Wales, Mt. Kosciusko (B; IT: US-75369 (fragm. ex B)).

Key references
(books and floras):
[2002] D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of
, [2008] S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Walley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses
of New South Wales
(109), [2009] A.Wilson (ed.). Flora of Australia,
Vol 44A. Poaceae 2 (170).

[2008] S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Whalley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South
, 4th edn (109).

Australia plus the Latin -ensis, denoting origin. From Australia.

Habit. Annual.
Culms erect, stature slender to delicate, 8–30 cm tall, 2 -noded. Mid-culm
internodes glabrous. Leaves basal and cauline or cauline. Leaf-sheaths
scaberulous. Ligule an eciliate membrane, 1–2 mm long, erose, truncate or
obtuse. Leaf-blades aciculate, conduplicate, 1–5 cm long, 0.4–1.4 mm wide.
Leaf-blade surface scabrous.

Inflorescence compound, a panicle. Panicle pyramidal, 80(–150) cm long.

Spikelets pedicelled. Fertile spikelets 1-flowered, comprising 1 fertile
floret(s), without rachilla extension, lanceolate, laterally compressed, 2–3 mm

Glumes. Glumes
similar, firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate, membranous, keeled,
1-keeled, 1 -nerved. Upper glume lanceolate, 2–2.7 mm long, membranous, keeled,
1-keeled, 1 -nerved.

Fertile lemma 1.7–2 mm long, without keel, 5 -nerved. Lemma surface glabrous.
Lemma apex muticous or awned. Median (principal) awn dorsal. Palea absent.
Lodicules present. Anthers 3.

: Australasia.

: New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania.

New South Wales:
Southern Tablelands. Victoria: Snowfields. Tasmania: North East.

Notes. Endemic. S from the
Brindabella Ra., N.S.W., A.C.T., Vic. and Tas. In damp areas from 60 m to
alpine grasslands. Flowers Dec.-Feb.


AVH 2011

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith