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Desmazeria - introduced (*Tribolium acutiflorum)

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Native to South Africa. Perennial. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).


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.