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Herbarium specimen. Copyright CSIRO
Eragrostis cumingii Steud.
Steudel, E.G. von (1854) Synopsis Plantarum Glumacearum 1(3): 266. Type: ?.
Cumings Love Grass
Culms tufted, erect, slender, usually with scaly buds at base, glabrous, 20-70 cm tall and 3-4 noded.
Leaf sheaths compressed at base, glabrous, long pilose along summit; ligules 0.1-0.3 mm, fimbriate, up to 3 mm high; leaf blades involute, 5-19 × 0.1-0.2 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, but long pilose at base of adaxial surface.
Inflorescence an open or lax panicle, 8-30 × 4-8 cm; branches solitary, naked in the lower part and glabrous in the axils, with prominent gland at base of inflorescence branch. Spikelets narrowly oblong, 5-20 × 2-2.5 mm and 8-40-flowered. Glumes chartaceous, deltoid-oblong, easily falling off when mature, lower glume 1-veined, ca. 1 mm, upper glume 1-3-veined, ca. 1.3 mm long. Lemmas broadly ovate with the lateral veins nearly parallel, lower lemma ca. 2 mm long. Palea chartaceous, oblanceolate, persistent or tardily deciduous, strongly 2-keeled and ciliate along the keels.
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Distribution and Ecology