1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus contiguus S.T.Blake

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Australia.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Glands elongated. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 30-70 cm long; 2-4 -noded. Culm-internodes channelled; smooth. Lateral branches lacking. Leaf-sheaths keeled; scaberulous; glabrous on surface; outer margin glabrous. Leaf-sheath oral hairs lacking. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.7 mm long. Leaf-blades flexuous; 8-17 cm long; 2-4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface papillose; rough adaxially, or on both sides; glabrous, or pilose; sparsely hairy; with tubercle-based hairs. Leaf-blade margins cartilaginous; spinulose. Leaf-blade apex attenuate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; 10-22 cm long; contracted about secondary branches. Primary panicle branches spreading; 2-3 -nate; whorled at lower nodes; 7-14 cm long. Panicle axis glandular; smooth. Panicle branches stiff; smooth. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile, or pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate, or oblong; subterete; 1.5-1.7 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate, or oblong; subterete; 1.5-1.7 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; reaching apex of florets. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.7 mm long; 0.33-0.5 length of upper glume; hyaline; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface puberulous. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 1.4-1.6 mm long; 1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; hyaline; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume surface puberulous. Upper glume apex obtuse, or acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; 1.5-1.7 mm long; hyaline; without keel; 1 -veined. Lemma midvein scaberulous. Lemma surface puberulous. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea readily splitting down midline; 1.3-1.4 mm long; 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate. Palea surface scabrous.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 0.35-0.4 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp; ellipsoid, or obovoid; laterally compressed; 0.65-0.9 mm long; obtuse.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Blake 1994.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    New South Wales, Queensland

    Sporobolus contiguus S.T.Blake appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 28, 1993 Blake, S.T. [10577], Queensland K000907408 isotype
    Jul 28, 1993 Blake, S.T. [10577], Queensland K000907409
    Jul 28, 1993 Blake, S.T. [6766], Queensland K000907410 paratype
    Jul 28, 1993 Blake, S.T. [13290], Queensland K000907411 paratype

    First published in Pap. Dept. Biol. Univ. Queensland 1(18): 6 (1941)

    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