Seed heads. Photo: Don Wood, Carnarvon Station Bush Heritage Reserve, via Augathella, Qld

Plants. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: M Matthews, Augathella, Qld

Common Name

Silky Browntop, Sugar Grass




Perennial grass 40cm-1.65m tall or mat-forming.  Leaves with hairless or hairy leaf sheaths.  Ligule a jagged membrane without a fringe of hairs, or a membrane with a fringe of hairs.  Leaves 3-30cm long, 2-6mm wide, flat, hairless or sparsely hairy, tapering to a long fine point.  Spikelets reddish brown, 3-5mm long.  Mature seed groups cylindrical, 2-4 arising from a common point, the whole somewhat spreading.  Seeds with one long awn, in pairs.

Description and photo (as Eulalia fulva) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 108

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