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Baumea nuda (Steud.) S.T.Blake APNI*
Synonyms: Schoenus nudus Steud. APNI*
Description: Slender, tufted perennial with short rhizome.
Culms slender, rigid, compressed to terete, nodeless, striate, glabrous, smooth, 10–40 cm high, 0.5–0.8 mm diam.
Leaves basal; blade terete to sulcate, to twice as long as culms, c. 0.5 mm diam.; sheath straw-coloured often with pale reddish tinges, dull. Inflorescence oblong in outline, narrow, erect, 2–7 cm long, to 1 cm diam.; lowest involucral bract much shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets few, 1-flowered, 5–7 mm long. Glumes 3, acute, pale to mid-red-brown, with margins glabrous; fertile glumes 4–7 mm long. Anthers 1.2–1.4 mm long, excluding appendage c. 0.2 mm long.
Nut ellipsoid to ovoid, 2.0–2.3 mm long, 1.0–1.3 mm diam., reticulate or colliculate to smooth, hispid at apex, ± shining, red-brown to blackish.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swamps or along streams; sporadic on NC, south to Jervis Bay and inland to Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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