Andropogon L.

3 species naturalized Aust.; Qld, NSW, WA

*Andropogon virginicus L.

Sessile spikelets with 1 bisexual floret and a sterile lemma below it, 3 mm long; lemma with a straight awn 15–20 mm long. Pedicellate spikelet represented by the pedicel only (Fig. 50 n). Joints and pedicels with long fine hairs up to 1 cm long. Inflorescence usually digitate, composed of 2–4 racemes each 2–3 cm long, initially enclosed in a spathe 4–5 cm long. Coarse, tufted perennial up to 1 m high, often tinged with purple. Nodes glabrous. Leaf blades 10–20 cm long, 2–4 mm wide. Ligule very short, papery, ciliolate at the apex. Widespread. Waste places. Introd. from America. Fl. summer. Whisky Grass