Gaertner, Fruct. 1:8 (1789).
Synonymy: Cynosurus indicus L., Sp. Pl. 72 (1753).
Common name: None
Annual or perennial, to 90 cm high; leaf blades conduplicate, sheaths and bases of the blades with few long hairs.
Inflorescence a finger-like cluster of 2-10 spikes, the lower shortly spaced near the top of the culm, the upper tightly clustered, each spike 2-9 cm long, to c. 5 mm wide, sessile, green; spikelets 4-7 mm long, lanceolate, 3-5-flowered, flattened; glumes shorter than the lemmas, oblong-lanceolate, keeled; lemmas lanceolate, keeled, 3-4 mm long, not incurved.
Meredith (1955) The grasses and pastures of South Africa, fig. 102; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 92.
S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, SL, SE. All mainland States. Native to tropical and subtropical countries.
Flowering time: Feb. — March.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
This species may be confused with Leptochloa digitata, but can be identified by the prominently keeled glumes and lemmas.
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