Kuntze, Rev. Gen. Pl. 2:794 (1891).
Synonymy: Ischaemum secundatum Walter, Fl. Carol. 249 (1788); S. americanum Schrank, Pl. Rar. Hort. Monac. 2, 10:t. 98 (1822).
Common name: Buffalo grass.
Glabrous, rooting at the nodes, ascending; leaves keeled, the sheaths closely compressed, ciliate near the summit, ligule only of hairs, blades channelled, obtuse.
Racemes 4-8 cm long, the rhachis almost flat on the back, 4-6 mm broad, the short rigid appressed branches of the raceme bearing 2 (rarely 1 or 3) acute sessile erect spikelets, one close above the other, the branch ending in an erect tooth; spikelets 4-5 mm long, rigid, the first glume short, truncate; the first lemma usually containing a male floret, second (fertile) lemma 7-nerved.
Burbidge (1970) Australian grasses 3:pl. 81.
Occurs widely in S.Aust. in settled areas, especially near the sea.
S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE. All States except the N.T. First described from North America.
Flowering time: summer.
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Extensively grown as a lawn grass.
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