Scale bar is 1cm
Desmazeria - introduced (*Tribolium acutiflorum)
Native to South Africa. Perennial. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
- it is a small tufted grass (to 20cm high)
- the flower cluster is dense and spike-like, partly enclosed by leaves
- the glumes are almost as long as the spikelet
- the spikelet has 3-10 florets
- the lemmas are hairy at the base with often club-shaped hairs (i.e. rounded at the tip), or with hairs that are squared (with cut off tips)
- the leaves are inrolled
- the ligule is oblique, and fringed with hairs to 0.5mm.
The club-shaped to cut-off, rather thick hairs at the base of the lemmas are distinctive.
Tribolus: a three-tailed comet, referring to the lines of hairs on the lemma base; acutiflora: with pointed flowers, referring to the glumes and lemmas.
1: The lemmas with basal hairs. 2: Desmazeria. Castlemaine.
This grass once once known as Desmazeria acutiflora
, and has retained this generic name as its common name.