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  1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus blakei B.K.Simon

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. & Central Australia.

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    Habit
    Perennial. Butt sheaths persistent and investing base of culm; with fibrous dead sheaths. Culms erect; 40-80 cm long; 2-3 -noded. Culm-internodes distally glabrous, or pubescent. Lateral branches lacking. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.3 mm long. Leaf-blades 15-30 cm long; 2-3 mm wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted; linear; 15-22 cm long; 1-2 cm wide. Primary panicle branches ascending; 1-2.5 cm long; bearing spikelets almost to the base. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels 0.7-0.9 mm long.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; subterete; 1.5-1.8 mm long; 0.7-0.9 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; subterete; 1.5-1.8 mm long; 0.7-0.9 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes deciduous; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume oblong; 0.6-0.7 mm long; 0.66 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 0 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume ovate; 0.9-1.1 mm long; 0.6 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma ovate; 1.5-1.8 mm long; 0.7-0.9 mm wide; membranous; keeled; 1 -veined. Lemma apex truncate, or obtuse. Palea 1.3-1.7 mm long; 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2. Anthers 3; 0.6-0.7 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp; obovoid; quadrangular; 0.9 mm long.
    Distribution
    Australasia: Australia.
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Simon 1995.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

    Other Data

    Sporobolus blakei B.K.Simon appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Austrobaileya 4: 57 (1993)

    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