Alternative names: Stipa nodosa
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Native. Perennial. C3.
- it is a tall grass (a metre or more)
- the panicle is usually open and rather sparse and to 50cm long
- the glumes are longer than the lemma body
- the spikelets have a single lemma
- the lemma is awned and the awn becomes sickle-shaped
- the leaves are rolled or flat
- the nodes (along the stalk) are smooth (i.e. hairless)
- the ligule is membranous, truncate, fringed or not, and 0.5-1mm long
- the lemmas are 4-7mm long (excluding the awn), golden-brown (when mature), and with white to pale yellow hairs
- the glumes are 10-15mm long
- the awns are 45-90mm long and with very short hairs.
An uncommon grass. The awn is once-bent, and the awn above the bend is curved into a sickle-shape
nodosa: knotty, gnarled, usually referring to roots and stems.
1. Flower cluster. The awns are bent to a curve (sickle-shaped). 2: Tangled flowers. 3: Lemma with sickle-shaped awn. Walmer.