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Carex hebes Nelmes
Family Cyperaceae
Carex hebes Nelmes APNI*

Description: Rhizome short; shoots loosely tufted. Culms erect, trigonous to subterete, occasionally scabrous above, 4–20 (rarely to 35) cm long, 0.7–1 mm diam.

Leaves usually shorter than culms; blade 1–2.5 mm wide; sheath pale brown; ligule rounded.

Inflorescence spreading, 0.5–1.2 cm long, with 2–5 spikes solitary at nodes; lowest involucral bract exceeding inflorescence. Spikes sessile, contiguous, spreading at maturity, 0.5–1.1 cm long; all spikes gynaecandrous. Glumes acute to obtuse, occasionally shortly mucronate, orange-brown, with usually broad white or hyaline margins; female glumes c. 3.5 mm long. Perigynia (utricles) ovoid to ellipsoid, weakly several-nerved, 3.2–4.5 mm long, 1.5–2 mm diam., minutely hispid on slightly winged shoulders and beak, green to pale brown; beak 0.3–0.8 mm long, with apex shortly split or 2-fid. Anthers 1.3–2.2 mm long excluding appendage c. 0.1 mm long. Style 2-fid.

Nut ellipsoid to obovoid, lenticular in cross section, yellow-brown.


Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: South from Brindabella Range.

Grows in alpine and subalpine heath and grassland (drier sites).
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (Aug 2016)
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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