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Carex blakei Nelmes
Family Cyperaceae
Carex blakei Nelmes APNI*

Description: Rhizome long; shoots ± densely tufted. Culms mostly enclosed in leaf sheaths, much shorter than inflorescence, erect, trigonous, smooth or scabrous, 2–10 cm long, 1–2 mm diam.

Leaves usually shorter than inflorescence; blade 4–6 mm wide; sheath yellow-brown to red-brown; ligule truncate or rounded.

Inflorescence erect, narrow, 8–35 cm long, with 3–6 spikes solitary at nodes, with very long internode between the lowest and next node; involucral bracts of upper nodes exceeding inflorescence but lowest bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikes sessile, upper contiguous, lower very distant, spreading to erect at maturity, 1–2.5 cm long; uppermost spike (rarely 2 or 3) male; lower spikes female. Glumes obtuse to retuse, erose, shortly mucronate, pale brown tinged red-brown, to evenly dark red-brown; female glumes c. 3 mm long. Perigynia (utricles) ellipsoid, faintly numerous-nerved, 3.3–4.0 mmlong, 1.4–2 mm diam., often minutely hispid on shoulders and beak, pale brown, red-dotted; beak 0.5–0.8 mm long, with apex 2-fid to notched. Anthers 2.5–2.8 mm long excluding appendage to 0.1 mm long. Anthers 2.5–2.8 mm long excluding appendage to 0.1 mm long. Style 3-fid.

Nut obovoid, trigonous in cross section, dark yellow-brown.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Tablelands south from Brindabella Range into Victoria.

Grows in or near swamps, especially sphagnum bog areas at high elevation.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (July 2016)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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