Mnesithea pilosa

Mnesithea pilosa B.K. Simon. Austrobaileya
3: 90 (1989).

Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily
Panicoideae. Andropogoneae.

Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information
: Australia:
Bottom C Paddock, Swans Lagoon, 24 Mar 1983, P. Chaplain s.n. [AQ349053]
(HT: BRI).

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

Habit. Annual.
Culms erect, 25–30 cm tall. Mid-culm nodes pubescent. Lateral branches sparsely
branched or branched. Ligule a fringed membrane, a ciliate membrane, 1 mm long.
Leaf-blades 3–6 cm long, 1–3 mm wide.

Inflorescence compound, a panicle of rames. Peduncle distinct. Rhachis fragile
at the nodes.

Spikelets sessile, 1 in the cluster. Companion spikelets pedicelled, 1 in the
cluster. Companion spikelets represented by single glumes, 0.5 mm long. Fertile
spikelets 2-flowered, the lower floret barren (rarely male), the upper fertile,
comprising 1 basal sterile florets, comprising 1 fertile floret(s), without
rachilla extension, ovate, terete, 2–3.5 mm long.

Glumes. Glumes
dissimilar, firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate, indurate, keeled,
2-keeled, 11 -nerved. Lower glume surface indumented. Upper glume ovate,
membranous, without keels, 5 -nerved. Upper glume surface glabrous. Florets.
Basal sterile florets 1, barren, without significant palea. Lemma of lower
sterile floret hyaline.

Fertile lemma 2–3 mm
long, without keel. Anthers 3.

: Australasia.

: Queensland.

Queensland: North Kennedy.




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