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Bulbostylis pyriformis S.T.Blake
Family Cyperaceae
Bulbostylis pyriformis S.T.Blake APNI*

Description: Slender, pubescent tufted annual.

Culms ± terete, hispid, 10–20 (rarely to 40) cm high, 0.3–0.6 mm diam.

Leaves shorter than culms, pubescent, to 2 cm long, to 0.4 mm wide. Inflorescence of 1–6 spikelets on branches to 2 cm long; involucral bracts usually shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets ovoid, many-flowered, 5–12 mm long, 2–3 mm diam., red-brown. Glumes strongly keeled, subobtuse, shortly mucronulate or muticous, 2.5–3.2 mm long, pubescent, margins ± ciliolate, red-brown to very dark red-brown. Stamens 3; anthers 0.3–0.6 mm long. Style 3-fid; style base may fall early.

Nut trigonous, broadly obpyriform, 1–1.4 mm long, 0.8–1 mm diam., tuberculate, 3-ribbed, white or straw-coloured, barely shining; epidermal cells shortly and minutely vertically oblong.


Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in seasonally wet situations in woodland; north from Narrabri region.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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