1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus megalospermus (F.Muell. ex Benth.) P.M.Peterson

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

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose. Culms 60-120 cm long. Lateral branches lacking, or sparse. Leaf-sheath oral hairs scanty, or lacking; 2-4 mm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 0.2 mm long. Leaf-blades filiform, or linear; involute; 0.5-1 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface smooth; glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 3-30 cm long; 0.7-2 cm wide. Primary panicle branches appressed. Panicle axis smooth; glabrous. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 0.25-3 mm long; smooth, or scabrous.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 5-15 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets linear; laterally compressed; 4-11 mm long; 1-2 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; rhachilla persistent; retaining paleas.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 5-15 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets linear; laterally compressed; 4-11 mm long; 1-2 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; rhachilla persistent; retaining paleas.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.7-0.8 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume primary vein scaberulous. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 1.25-2 mm long; 0.75-1 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume primary vein scaberulous. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 1.5-2 mm long; membranous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma surface smooth, or scaberulous. Lemma apex acute. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2; cuneate; fleshy.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Fl NSW 1994.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    New South Wales, Queensland

    Sporobolus megalospermus (F.Muell. ex Benth.) P.M.Peterson appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 1, 1981 Bick, E.W. [13], Queensland Eragrostis megalosperma K000643531 isotype
    Jul 1, 1981 Bick, E.W. [13], Queensland Eragrostis megalosperma K000643532 isotype
    Jul 1, 1981 O'Shanesy [s.n.], Queensland Eragrostis megalosperma K000643530 lectotype

    First published in Taxon 63: 1232 (2014)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2019). World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP Database) The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    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
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    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.
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    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