Eragrostis sterilis Domin. Biblioth.
Bot. 85: 403 (1915).
Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily
Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information: Queensland:
Sandhügel der Dividing Range östlich von Jericho,
Mar 1909, Domin s.n..
(books and floras):  D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of
 S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Walley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South
 S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Whalley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South
Wales, 4th edn (257).
Perennial. Culms erect, 60–90 cm tall. Ligule a fringe of hairs, 0.2–0.3 mm
long. Leaf-blades straight, involute or convolute, 10–16 cm long, 1–2 mm wide.
Leaf-blade surface glabrous.
Inflorescence compound, a panicle. Panicle oblong or pyramidal, 10–27 cm long.
Spikelets sessile. Fertile spikelets many flowered, with at least 2 fertile
florets (13–85), comprising 13–85 fertile floret(s), with diminished florets at
the apex, linear or oblong, laterally compressed, 5.5–30 mm long.
similar. Lower glume lanceolate, membranous, keeled, 1-keeled, 1 -nerved. Upper
glume lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm long, membranous, keeled, 1-keeled, 1 -nerved.
lemma 1.5–2.2 mm long, keeled, 3 -nerved. Lemma apex muticous. Lodicules
present. Anthers 2–3. Grain 0.6 mm long.
Distribution: Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales.
Territory: Central Australia
Burke, Leichhardt, North Kennedy, Cook, Mitchell. New South Wales: North-Western
Distinguishing characters include palea short relative to lemma, the keels
almost entirely scaberulous; turgid ellipsoid caryopsis; anthers usually two;
unequal glumes; linear spikelets, with many closely imbricate florets, and
stout persistent flexuose rachilla; interrupted panicle, with much-divided
spreading or reflexed branches entirely spikelet- bearing; leaf sheaths wider than
blades, tight on culms, with broad thin margins and long- bearded orifice.
occurs in southern N.T. around Uluru Natl Park, the Hughenden area and Emerald
to Rockhampton, Qld, and near Narrabri, N.S.W. Sands and sandy loams, often
near watercourses and waterholes.; flowers Feb., Apr.-June, Sept., Nov.; fruits
Feb., Apr.-June, Sept., Nov.