scale bar = 1cm.
Broad Kernel Espartillo - introduced (*Amelichloa caudata)
Other names: Stipa caudata, Espartillo.
Native to South America.
Family: Poaceae (Grass family).
Occurrence: Scattered. Established in several parts of Castlemaine township.
Identification. It resembles a native spear-grass. Some of the separating features include:
- the summit of the lemma has a tuft of hairs, never a cylindrical corona
- the awn is less than 20mm long
- it is a long-lived tussock
- the leaves are narrow and ridged; the leaves feel rough to the touch
- it also produces plump seed in the leaf bases; these seeds are without awns.
- the ligule is membranous and about 0.5mm long, whith hair tufts at the side.
It has poor nutritional value, similar to that of Serrated Tussock.
Broad-kernel Espartillo, Castlemine.