Juncus alexandri subsp. melanobasis L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Juncus melanobasis L.A.S.Johnson ined. APNI*
Description: Cataphylls very dark (dark red-brown to black) at maturity towards the base; 'cortical' air-spaces in culms well-developed; tepals acuminate, mostly 2.2–2.6 mm long; cataphylls 10–25 cm long; lowest involucral bract 9–30 cm long, longer than inflorescence; capsule ellipsoid to ovoid. Culms 70–150 cm long, 2.0–4.0 mm diam.; culm striations 45–75. Cataphylls 10–25 cm long. Tepals with narrow to broad hyaline margins. Anthers 0.4–0.7 (rarely to 1.1) mm, ± equalling filament length.
Distribution and occurrence: South from Ebor to Mt Coricudgy area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, CT
This subspecies has less-enlarged epidermal cells (as seen in cross-section) over the striations formed by the sclerenchymatous 'girders' of the culms than subsp. >alexandri.
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff (1993); edited KL Wilson (July 2016)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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