Baloskion australe (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Restio australis R.Br. APNI*
Restio australe APNI*
Description: Dioecious perennial herb; rhizome 2.5–10 mm diam.
Culms c. 40–100 cm high, 1.2–2 mm diam. Sheaths brown, appressed, c. 10–35 mm long, hairs at apex on margins, white, short, 0.1–0.3 mm long, apex acute, outer surface wrinkled to finely muricate; lamina absent.
Spikelets 4–8, rarely 1 only, shortly pedicellate, arranged in a raceme or a narrow panicle, the whole 20–60 mm long, many-flowered. Outer surface of bracts wrinkled to finely muricate. Free portion of the lowest subtending bract on the main axis of the inflorescence broad-lanceolate, lax, tending to embrace the lowest spikelets. Glumes usually with few short hairs on margins. Male spikelets ovate to globose, c. 5.5–7 mm long. Male tepals 6; stamens 3; pistillode minute. Female spikelets ovate, c. 7–10.5 mm long. Female tepals 4; staminodes 2.
Distribution and occurrence: in wet peaty, sandy or gravelly soil, also in Sphagnum bogs; south from Capertee.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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