Flowering plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Photo: Gary Brown, United Arab Emirates

Common Name

Tiny Bristle -grass, Roughtail




Introduced annual grass, prostrate or 5-35cm tall.  Leaves with a hairy sheath at the base.  Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs.  Leaves 3-10cm long, 1-4mm wide, flat, hairy or hairless, tips blunt, sometimes with a straight hard point.  Spikelets green, 2-4mm long (excluding the awns).  Mature seed groups cylindrical to oval, or slightly spreading in large heads.  Seeds with one awn 1-3mm long.

Description and photo of seeding plant (as Lophochloa pumila) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 115

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