Abildgaardia vaginata R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Fimbristylis brownii Benth. APNI*
Description: Glabrous, tufted perennial.
Culms compressed, smooth, filiform, 3–40 cm long, 0.2–0.5 mm diam.
Leaves reduced to sheaths. Inflorescence consisting of 1 sessile spikelet plus 1–5 spikelets on branches to 2 cm long; involucral bracts glume-like, 1 or 2, much shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets erect, ovoid, acute, ± compressed, 8–18 mm long, 2–3 mm diam. Glumes membranous, acute, mucronulate, numerous-nerved near midrib, 5.5–7.5 mm long, pale red-brown, with broad hyaline (often red-dotted) margins. Stamens 3; anthers 2.5–4 mm long. Style glabrous, 5–7 mm long.
Nut trigonous, obovoid, c. 1.5 mm long, c. 1 mm diam., tuberculate, with minute isodiametric reticulations, pale brown to dark grey-brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland near creeks, on sandy soil; north from Brunswick Heads.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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