Leersia Sw.

2 species in Aust. (1 native, 1 naturalized): Qld, NSW, Vic., NT

Leersia hexandra Sw.

Spikelets with 1 floret, flattened, sessile or pedicellate, falling whole. Glumes absent. Lemma slightly hardening at the fruiting stage, 3–4 mm long. Palea similar to the lemma but smaller. Stamens 6. Panicle 5–10 cm long; the branches filiform, zig-zag. Perennial usually with trailing stems sometimes more than 1 m long and often rooting at the nodes. Leaf blades 3–6 mm wide, 8–10 cm long; ligule of short hairs. Coast and Cumberland Plain. In or near water. Fl. all the year. Swamp Ricegrass