Parapholis C.E.Hubb.

2 species naturalized Aust.; NSW, Vic., Tas., S.A., WA

Parapholis incurva (L.) C.E.Hubb.

Spikelets with 1 floret, sessile, alternate, half embedded in the rhachis and appearing to form part of it, separating from the rhachis and becoming obvious only after flowering. Glumes stiff, lanceolate, 6–10 mm long, side by side on the outer edge of the spikelet except in the terminal spikelet. Lemmas shorter than the glumes, with the back to the rhachis, awnless. Inflorescence a cylindrical spike, 1.5–2.5 mm diam. Leaf blades glabrous, usually 2–4 cm long but up to 10 cm; ligule minute. Tufted annual with branching decumbent culms up to 50 cm long, turning upwards and inwards. Coast. Salt marshes and other saline places. Introd. from the Mediterranean. Fl. summer. Coast Barb Grass*