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Genus Cyathochaeta Family Cyperaceae

Description: Rhizomatous perennials. Culms mostly noded.

Leaves mostly basal, often 1 cauline; ligule membranous.

Inflorescence panicle-like, narrow, with distant nodes. Spikelets several at each node, with 1 bisexual flower, often with a male flower below it. Glumes imbricate all around the rachilla, the lower ones sterile. Perianth bristles 4 or 5, antrorsely scabrous above to shortly plumose near base, smooth at base. Stamens usually 2. Style 2-fid; style base persistent, becoming dilated, antrorsely scabrous.

Nut with margins inrolled.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, endemic Australia (most spp in WA). Australia: Qld, N.S.W., Vic., W.A.

Text by K. L. Wilson 1993; edited August 2007
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Cyathochaeta diandra

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