Eragrostis subsecunda*

Eragrostis subsecunda*
(Lam.) Fourn. Mex. Pl.  2: 118 (1886).

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

Basionym and/or
Replacement Name:
 Poa subsecunda

Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information
: China:
Sonnerat (P holo).

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

Perennial. Culms erect or decumbent, 22–41 cm tall. Mid-culm nodes glabrous.
Ligule a fringe of hairs, 0.2 mm long. Leaf-blades straight, linear or
lanceolate, flat or involute, 1–15 cm long, 1–3 mm wide.

Inflorescence compound, a panicle of racemes. Panicle elliptic, 3–25 cm long.

Spikelets. Spikelets
sessile or pedicelled. Fertile spikelets many flowered, with at least 2 fertile
florets (8–21), comprising 8–21 fertile floret(s), with diminished florets at
the apex, linear or lanceolate or oblong, laterally compressed, 4–9 mm long.

Glumes. Glumes
similar. Lower glume lanceolate, keeled, 1-keeled, 1 -nerved. Upper glume
lanceolate or ovate, 1.5–2.5 mm long, keeled, 1-keeled, 1 -nerved.

Fertile lemma 1.8–2.5 mm long, keeled, 3 -nerved. Lemma apex muticous. Anthers
3. Grain 0.5–1 mm long.

: Temperate Asia, Tropical Asia, and Australasia.

: Queensland.

Queensland: Cook.

Distinguishing characters include panicle almost as wide as long, ovate in
outline, with thickened scabrous stiffly spreading branches, and usually
bearded axils; spikelets linear, loosely flowered, with subpersistent thickened
rachilla; glumes and lemmas cartilaginous, deciduous; glumes subequal or the
upper larger, the lower sometimes keelless; palea keels thickened, almost
entirely scaberulous.

occurs in Cairns, N Qld.; native to southern China and
Indo-China to Malesia. Roadsides, town path.; flowers Jan., Mar.; fruits Jan.,

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