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Ancistrachne uncinulata (R.Br.) S.T.Blake

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flowers. G. Sankowsky
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Habit, stems. G. Sankowsky
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Blake, S.T. (1941) University of Queensland Papers, Department of Biology 1(19): 5.

Common name

Hooky Grass; Hooked hairy panic grass


A clumped grass about 1-2 m tall.


Leaf blades +/- sessile, about 15-18 x 0.5-0.7 cm, venation longitudinal with about 4 or 5 veins more conspicuous than the rest. Margins finely toothed.


Inflorescence a rather sparse and open panicle of spikelets. Outermost perianth parts (glumes) about 3.5-4 mm long, clothed in short hooked hairs.


Seeds about 4 mm long, enclosed in husks (glumes) clothed in short hooked hairs.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as coastal central New South Wales. Altitudinal range in CYP and NEQ not known but collections have been made in the 200-760 m range. Usually grows in monsoon forest, vine thickets, brigalow scrub and similar habitats. Also occurs in the Philippines.

Panicum uncinulatum R.Br., Prod. : 191(1810), Type: Northern Australia, R. Brown; holo: BM?.
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