F. Muell. ex Benth., Fl. Aust. 7:649 (1878).
Synonymy: E. rankingii Bailey, Dept Agric. Brisbane Bot. Bull. 17:22 (1891).
Common name: Purple lovegrass.
Annual or short-lived perennial 12-60 cm high, with a glabrous or a sparsely hairy scarcely thickened base; culms simple or branched, wiry, 4-6-noded; leaves hirsute to pilose with delicate tubercle-based hairs or tubercled only; sheaths sometimes bearded at the orifice and ciliate on the margins; blades 2-7 cm long, tightly convolute, filiform.
Panicle 4-24 x 2-12 cm, often occupying about half the length of the plant, open with stiffly spreading spikelets, broadly oblong-ovate; primary branches 3-6 cm long, divided from or near the base; spikelets often biconvex, 5-22.5 x 0.7-1.5 mm, closely 9-43-flowered, linear; rhachilla persistent, internodes c. 0.5 mm long; glumes scarious to cartilaginous, ovate and acute or the lower linear-lanceolate and acuminate, scaberulous on the keel, 0.5-1.1 mm long, subequal or the upper larger; lemmas 1-1.5 mm long, cartilaginous, broadly elliptic or ovate, sometimes almost orbicular, obtuse or abruptly acute, scaberulous on the keel near the apex otherwise smooth, often glossy and purple; lateral nerves prominent or faint; palea spathulate or obovate, obtuse or subacute; keels scaberulous in the upper part.
Grain laterally compressed or flattened, ovate or oblong, convex on the front, concave or grooved on the back.
Lazarides (1970) The grasses of Central Australia, pl. 38c; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 102.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, EA, MU. All mainland States.
Flowering time: Dec. — March.
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