Eragrostis capitula

Eragrostis capitula M. Lazarides.
Aust. Syst.
10: 103

Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily
Chloridoideae. Cynodonteae.

Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information
: Australia:
Queensland, Cook Distr., Iron Range,
20 Jun 1948, L.J. Brass 19270 (CANB; IT: BRI).

Key references
(books and floras):
[2002] D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of

Habit. Perennial.
Culms erect, 13–50 cm tall, 5 -noded. Mid-culm internodes glabrous or pilose or
hirsute. Leaf-sheaths scaberulous, hairy. Ligule a fringe of hairs, 0.2 mm
long. Leaf-blades curled, flat or involute or convolute, 12–25 cm long, 2–4 mm
wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous, indumented.

Inflorescence compound, a panicle. Panicle oblong or globose, 5–22 cm long,
5–10 cm wide.

Spikelets sessile. Fertile spikelets many flowered, with at least 2 fertile
florets (9–11), comprising 9–11 fertile floret(s), with diminished florets at
the apex, ovate, laterally compressed, 5 mm long.

Glumes. Glumes
similar. Lower glume linear or ovate, membranous or cartilaginous, keeled,
1-keeled, 1 -nerved. Upper glume linear or ovate, 1.3–2 mm long, membranous or
cartilaginous, keeled, 1-keeled, 1 -nerved.

Fertile lemma 1.8 mm long, keeled, 3 -nerved. Lemma apex muticous. Palea 2 -nerved. Anthers 3. Grain 0.5–0.6 mm

: Australasia.

: Queensland.

Queensland: Cook.

A distinctive species apparently isolated in its relationships, with a compact,
capitate panicle, ovate spikelets, and hirsute panicle and foliage.

restricted occurrence in Qld on Cape York
Penin.. On quartzite ridges.; flowers in June; fruits in June.

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