Festuca muelleri

Festuca muelleri Vickery. Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 1: 9–10 (1939).

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

Type of Basionym or Protologue Information: Australia, Mt. Buller:  Mueller (K holo).

Key references (books and floras): [2002] D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of Australia, [2008] S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Walley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South Wales (268), [2009] A.Wilson (ed.). Flora of Australia, Vol 44A. Poaceae 2 (279).

Illustrations: [2008] S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Whalley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South Wales, 4th edn (268), [2009]. A.Wilson (ed.), Flora of Australia 44A: Poaceae 2 (280, Fig.37).

Habit. Perennial. Culms erect, 53–169 cm tall, 2–4 -noded. Mid-culm nodes glabrous. Lateral branches branched. Leaf-sheaths antrorsely scabrous, glabrous on surface. Leaf-sheath auricles absent, or present. Ligule an eciliate membrane, 0.9–5.5 mm long, obtuse. Leaf-blades aciculate or linear, flat or conduplicate or involute or convolute, 15–49 cm long, 4.3–8 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface scabrous.

Inflorescence. Inflorescence compound, a panicle. Panicle ovate, 14.5–29 cm long.

Spikelets. Spikelets pedicelled. Fertile spikelets many flowered, with at least 2 fertile florets (3–6(-7)), comprising 3–6(–7) fertile floret(s), with diminished florets at the apex, oblong, laterally compressed, 10–16.5 mm long.

Glumes. Glumes similar. Lower glume lanceolate, chartaceous, much thinner on margins, without keels, 1–5 -nerved. Upper glume oblong, 4.9–8.7 mm long, chartaceous, without keels, 3–5 -nerved.

Florets. Fertile lemma 8.5–11 mm long, without keel or keeled, 5 -nerved. Lemma apex muticous. Palea 2 -nerved. Palea apex dentate. Anthers 3. Grain 5 mm long.

Continental Distribution: Australasia.

Australian Distribution: New South Wales, Victoria.

New South Wales: Northern Tablelands, Southern Tablelands. Victoria: East Gippsland, Eastern Highlands, Snowfields.

Notes. Endemic. S from Barrington Tops. Occurs in sub-alpine eucalypt woodlands amongst rocks, often in association with Eucalyptus pauciflora. Flowers Dec.-Mar. Fruits Jan.-Apr.

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