Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Perotis rara R.Br.
Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 172.
Annual or short-lived perennial. Culms loosely tufted and decumbent at base, 15-40 cm tall, node a sunken ring.
Leaf sheaths glabrous, equalling the internodes; leaf blades lanceolate to narrowly ovate, flat or the margins involute, tough, 1.5-5 cm long and 2-5 mm wide, glaucous, glabrous, margins spiny-scabrous especially in the lower half. Ligule a very short ciliated membrane 0.2 mm long, with long hairs on the shoulders.
Inflorescence up to 20 cm long; spikelets laxly arranged, horizontally spreading, reflexed at maturity, with short pedicels ca. 0.3 mm long; rachis scaberulous-hirtellous. Spikelets 3.5-4.5 mm (excluding awns); basal callus 0.5-1.5 mm, narrowly obconical, flattened, sometimes laterally pubescent; glumes linear-lanceolate, back evenly scaberulous-hirtellous with short white hairs, keel green and scabrous with longer prickles toward awn, apex gradually tapering into awn; awn 1-2.5 cm, scabrous; lemma 1.2-1.5 mm.
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