Sarga leiocladum (Hack.) Spangler. Austral.
Syst. Bot. 16(3): 290 . (2003).
Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily
Replacement Name: Andropogon
australis var. leicoladus Hack., Monogr. Phan..
Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information: HT: C. Gaudichaud s.n., Feb 1825, Australia:
New South Wales: Central Coast, Port Jackson (P; IT: BM, K).
(books and floras):  D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of
Australia,  S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Walley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses
of New South Wales (373 as Sorghum).
 S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Whalley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South
Wales, 4th edn (373 as Sorghum).
Perennial. Rhizomes absent or present, short. Culms 60–150 cm tall, 3–5 -noded.
Mid-culm nodes bearded. Ligule an eciliate membrane, 1–1.3 mm long, abaxially
glabrous. Leaf-blades curled, flat or involute, 10–70 cm long, 1.5–3.5 mm wide.
Leaf-blade surface glabrous or indumented.
Inflorescence compound, a panicle of rames. Panicle lanceolate or oblong,
14.5–19 cm long, 2–4 cm wide. Rhachis fragile at the nodes.
Spikelets sessile, 1 in the cluster. Companion spikelets pedicelled, 1 in the
cluster. Companion spikelets developed, containing empty lemmas or male, 5–8 mm
long. Companion spikelet glumes muticous. 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 oblong, dorsally compressed, 6–8 mm long.
dissimilar, firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong or ovate, coriaceous,
much thinner above, without keels, 7–11 -nerved. Lower glume surface
indumented. Upper glume oblong or ovate, coriaceous, without keels, 7–11
-nerved. Upper glume surface indumented. Florets. Basal sterile florets
1, barren, without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret hyaline, 2
Fertile lemma 2.5–4 mm
long, 1 -nerved. Lemma surface indumented. Lemma apex lobed, awned, 1 -awned.
Median (principal) awn from a sinus, 15–20 mm long overall, with a twisted
column. Palea absent. Lodicules present. Anthers 3. Grain 2.5–2.8 mm long.
Distribution: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria.
Burnett, Darling Downs, Leichhardt, Moreton, North Kennedy, Port Curtis, South
Kennedy, Warrego, Wide Bay. New South Wales: North Coast, Central Coast,
South Coast, Northern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands,
North-Western Slopes, Central-Western Slopes. Victoria: East Gippsland.
Found east of 148°E in southern Qld, N.S.W. and northern Vic. on stony skeletal
soils on hillslopes and granite outcrops but also on flat to undulating ground.