Neurachne minor

Neurachne minor S. T. Blake. Contr. Queensland Herb. 13: 12 (1972).

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

Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information
: Carnegie in Australia occidentali, Bennett 221
(HT: PERTH; IT: BRI-129040).

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

Perennial. Rhizomes present, short. Culms erect, 13–25 cm tall, 2–4 -noded.
Mid-culm nodes pubescent or bearded. Leaf-sheaths smooth, glabrous on surface.
Ligule a fringe of hairs, 0.4–0.8 mm long. Leaf-blades triangular or linear,
flat or involute, 3–10 cm long, 0.5–2.5 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface smooth,

Inflorescence solid, a raceme. Panicle ovate, 0.6–1.5 cm long.

Spikelets pedicelled. 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, lanceolate or
ovate, dorsally compressed, 5.5–8 mm long.

Glumes. Glumes
dissimilar, firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate, chartaceous,
much thinner on margins, without keels, 5 -nerved. Lower glume surface
indumented. Lower glume apex awned. Upper glume elliptic, 5.5–8 mm long,
chartaceous or cartilaginous, 11–13 -nerved. Upper glume surface indumented. Florets.
Basal sterile florets 1, barren, without significant palea. Lemma of lower
sterile floret 70 % of length of spikelet, membranous, 7 -nerved.

Fertile lemma 3.7–5.6
mm long, without keel. Palea without keels. Anthers 3.

: Australasia.

: Western Australia.

Western Australia:
Carnegie, Ashburton, Austin. Dale,
Eyre, Avon, Coolgardie.

Notes. In acacia shrublands and arid hummock grasslands. Flowers
sporadically throughout the year.

AVH 2011


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