Oplismenus aemulus—Basket Grass, Australian Basket Grass, Wavy Beard Grass—POACEAE

Oplismenus aemulus

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Habitat— Usually grows in gullies and shaded forest including rainforest.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Weak trailing perennial to 0.3 m high

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Ligule c. 3 mm long, membranous at the base, dividing into cilia; blade 4 to 18 mm wide, sprinkled with fine hairs, midrib very narrow, whitish on the lower surface, 10 to 15 fine nerves either side of it.

Oplismenus aemulus
Oplismenus aemulus

Inflorescence.—Panicle racemose with secund racemes 3 to 5 cm long. Spikelets close together on the racemes, 2.5 to 3.5 mm long. Lower glume shorter than the spikelet, 5—nerved, awned from the apex, with a rather slender, flexuous awn over twice the length of the spikelet; upper a little longer and broader, 7-nerved, awned from behind the acute apex with an awn 0.1 to 1 mm long. Lower lemma the length of the spikelet, 7—nerved. Upper lemma c. 2.6 mm long, obscurely 7—nerved. Palea shorter, margins infolded and embracing the flower, 1.2 mm long.

Flowering.—Most of the year.