Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Oplismenus hirtellus (L.) P.Beauv.
Palisot de Beauvois, A.M.F.J. (1812) Essai d'une Nouvelle Agrostog 1: 54.
Weak trailing and creeping perennial 15-40 cm high, culm to 1 m long, rooting at lower nodes, nodes hairy.
Inflorescence spike-like, 3-10 cm long, with 4-10 lateral racemes; racemes 3-25 mm long, diminishing upwards, bearing 1-8 spikelets. Spikelets 2-3 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Glumes subequal, with stiff, straight, or sometimes kinked, smooth, viscid awns; lower glume 3-veined, with awn 4-13 mm long; upper glume broader than lower, 5-7-veined, with awn 0.5-1 mm long. Lemma 2-3 mm long, acute to aristate.
Features not available.
In Queensland O. hirtellus is not recognised, and is split into two taxa: Oplismenus aemulus (leaf blade length/width ratio less than 7) and Oplismenus imbecilis (leaf blade length/width ratio greater than 10).
Description adapted from Flora of Australia.