1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Micraira F.Muell.
      1. Micraira compacta Lazarides

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Northern Territory.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; mat forming. Culms prostrate; 2-3 cm long; 0.5 mm diam. Culm-internodes 0.07 cm long; estriate. Leaves cauline; spiral. Leaf-sheaths 0.3-0.4 cm long; longer than adjacent culm internode; wider than blade at the collar; ribbed; glabrous on surface. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.2 mm long. Leaf-blades deciduous at the ligule; 4-8 cm long; 0.3-0.75 mm wide. Leaf-blade venation comprising 3-5 vascular bundles. Leaf-blade surface scaberulous; pilose; with simple hairs and tubercle-based hairs (1.5-2mm long). Leaf-blade margins scaberulous; ciliate. Leaf-blade apex acute.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Peduncle 1-2 cm long; glandular; glabrous. Panicle spiciform; oblong; 0.4-0.5 cm long; 0.15-0.2 cm wide. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 1.75-2 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 1.75-2 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 1.75-2 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex emarginate; awned; 1 -awned. Lower glume awn flat 0.5 mm long. Upper glume oblong; 1.75-2 mm long; 2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein conspicuous. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex emarginate; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn flat 0.5 mm long.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; 0.5-1 mm long; hyaline; keeled; 1(-3) -veined. Lemma lateral veins close to midvein. Lemma apex emarginate, or obtuse. Palea oblong; 2 -veined. Palea apex divided to base; 2 -fid.
    Flowers
    Lodicules absent. Anthers 2; 0.6 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; obtuse.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Micraireae. Lazarides.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Northern Territory

    Micraira compacta Lazarides appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Adams, L.G. [3056], Northern Territory K000906085

    First published in Brunonia 2: 75 (1979)

    Accepted by

    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Mallett, K. (ed.) (2005). Flora of Australia 44B: 1-486. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0