L., Sp. Pl. 113 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Ribgrass, ribwort.
Spike ovoid to cylindrical, 1-6 rarely 0.5-10 cm long, compact; peduncle 6-25 cm long, angular, densely covered with antrorse hairs, with flowers borne well above the leaves; bracts ovate to elliptic, membranous; sepals elliptic-oblong, 2.5-4 mm, unequal, with anterior ones more or less connate, hairy along the herbaceous ridge, membranous; corolla tube 1.5-3 mm long; lobes ovate, c. 1.5 mm long; anthers oblong, 1.5-2 mm long; ovary 2-celled with 1 ovule in each.
Capsule ovoid, 3-4 mm long; seeds 1 or 2, c. 3 mm long, narrowly coffee-bean-shaped, smooth.
||Habit, section of grooved peduncle, fused front sepals.
Image source: fig. 614G in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Flowering time: No flowering time is available
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
P. lanceolata is very variable as are most of the other species, but a few specimens of a monstrosity with compound inflorescences of branched spikes are not easily recognised except for their grooved peduncles and almost completely fused anterior sepals.
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