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Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Family: Gramineae
Aira caryophyllea

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 66 (1753) subsp. caryophyllea.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Slender erect annual usually 10-30 cm high; sheaths scabrid.

Panicle 2-10 cm long, loose, broadly ovoid, branches very much longer than the spikelets; pedicels up to twice as long as the spikelets; gradually thickened at the apex; spikelets 2.5-3 mm long; glumes about one-third longer than the lemmas, serrate on the keel, 1-3-veined, acuminate; lemmas both awned, scabrid towards the apex.

Published illustration: Burbidge (1966) Australian grasses 1:pl. 15.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, YP, SL, KI, SE.   All States except the N.T.   Native to Europe, Africa and Asia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Sept. — Dec.


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State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: Widespread in grass lands, not of significance for grazing.

Author: Not yet available


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