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

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; mat forming; clumped densely. Culms prostrate; 2-5 cm long; 0.4 mm diam. Culm-internodes 0.1 cm long; estriate. Leaves cauline; spiral. Leaf-sheaths 0.3-0.4 cm long; longer than adjacent culm internode; as wide as blade at the collar; ribbed; glabrous on surface. Ligule an eciliate membrane, or a ciliolate membrane; 0.2 mm long. Leaf-blades deciduous at the ligule; involute, or convolute; 7-10 cm long; 0.75-1 mm wide; stiff. Leaf-blade midrib indistinct. Leaf-blade venation comprising 3-5 vascular bundles. Leaf-blade surface scabrous; pilose; with tubercle-based hairs. Leaf-blade margins scaberulous; ciliate. Leaf-blade apex acuminate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Peduncle 1.5-4 cm long; eglandular, or glandular; glabrous. Panicle contracted; oblong; 0.6-1 cm long; 0.3-0.8 cm wide. Primary panicle branches 1-3.5 cm long. Panicle axis smooth, or scaberulous. Panicle branches eglandular, or glandular; smooth, or scaberulous. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 0.3-2.5 mm long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 1.25-1.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 1.25-1.5 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 ovate; 1.25-1.5 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface scabrous. Lower glume apex entire, or erose; obtuse to acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Lower glume awn terete 0.2-0.5 mm long. Upper glume ovate; 1.25-1.5 mm long; 2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume surface scabrous. Upper glume apex entire, or erose; obtuse to acuminate; awned; 1 -awned. Upper glume awn terete 0.2-0.5 mm long.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; 0.6-0.7 mm long; hyaline; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma apex emarginate; mucronate. Palea oblong; hyaline; 2 -veined. Palea apex divided to base; 2 -fid.
    Flowers
    Lodicules absent. Anthers 2; 0.6-0.75 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; 0.5 mm long.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Micraireae. Lazarides.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Northern Territory

    Micraira spinifera Lazarides appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Lazarides, M. [7898], Northern Territory K000859958

    First published in Brunonia 2: 78 (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