1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Micraira F.Muell.
      1. Micraira brevis M.D.Barrett & R.L.Barrett

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Western Australia.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; mat forming. Culms prostrate; 3-15 cm long. Culm-internodes 0.3-1 cm long. Lateral branches ample. Leaves spiral. Leaf-sheaths 0.1-0.25 cm long; longer than adjacent culm internode; glabrous on surface; outer margin hairy. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.1-0.2 mm long. Leaf-blades 0.35-0.6 cm long; 0.3-0.5 mm wide; coriaceous; stiff. Leaf-blade venation with 2 secondary veins. Leaf-blade surface smooth; pilose; moderately hairy, or densely hairy. Leaf-blade margins scaberulous. Leaf-blade apex acute.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle; comprising 7-10 fertile spikelets; subtended by an unspecialized leaf-sheath and bracts (a whorl of leaves, and a bract 3mm long); embraced at base by subtending leaf. Peduncle brief, the infloresence subsessile. Panicle capitate; oblong; bearing few spikelets. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 4-5 mm long; 1.5-1.8 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 4-5 mm long; 1.5-1.8 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 1.3-1.9 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1-3 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent, or obscure, or distinct. Lower glume surface glabrous. Lower glume margins ciliate. Lower glume apex emarginate. Upper glume oblong; 1.3-1.9 mm long; 2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-3 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent, or obscure, or distinct. Upper glume surface glabrous. Upper glume margins ciliate. Upper glume apex emarginate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; 0.6-0.8 mm long; hyaline; 1-3 -veined. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea hyaline; 0 -veined.
    Flowers
    Lodicules absent.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Micraireae. Fl Australia 2006.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Western Australia

    Micraira brevis M.D.Barrett & R.L.Barrett appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. Australia 4B: 458 (2005)

    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

    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