Seeds on stems. Photo: Keir Morse, California, USA

Plants. Photo: Forest & Kim Starr, Hawaii, USA

Ligule. Photo: Zoya Akulova, California, USA

Line drawing in Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions . Vol. 1: 169

Common Name

Brown Beetle-grass, Pale Beetle-grass, Small-flowered Beetle Grass




Annual or perennial grass to 1.5m tall. Leaves with a sheath at the base. Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs. Leaves 14-55cm long, 1-5mm wide, flat, rolled, or folded together lengthwise, rolled inwards when dry, rough, with a long point. Spikelets green to purplish, 5-18mm long. Seeds sometimes with one short awn, in groups of 6-14. Mature seed groups spreading.  Diplachne fusca in NSW. Rare Vic (as Leptochloa fusca ssp. fusca).

Description and photo (as Diplachne fusca) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 88

PlantNET description with line drawing (as Diplachne fusca):

ausgrass2 description with line drawings and photos (as Diplachne fusca)