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Carex leporina L.
Family Cyperaceae
Carex leporina L. APNI*

Synonyms: Carex ovalis Gooden. APNI*

Description: Rhizomes short; shoots densely tufted. Culms erect to decumbent, trigonous, scabrous above 10–60(-90) cm long, c. 1 mm diam.

Leaves shorter than culms; blade 1–3.5 mm wide.

Inflorescence narrow, erect, 2–4 cm long, with 2–9 spikes solitary at nodes; lowest involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikes sessile, slightly separated or contiguous, erect to spreading at maturity; spikes gynaecandrous or lower spikes female, 0.5–1.5 cm long. Glumes long-acute, yellow-brown with pale margins; female glumes 3–4.5 mm long. Perigynia (utricles) ellipsoid to ovoid, strongly several-nerved, 3.5–5 mm long, c. 2 mm diam., minutely hispid on winged upper margins, pale brown; prominent beak c. 1.5 mm long, with apex 2-fid or split. Style 2-fid.

Nut narrowly ellipsoid to obovoid.


Habitat
Photo John R. Hosking

Habit
Photo John R. Hosking

Flower
Photo John R. Hosking

Fruit
Photo John R. Hosking

Other photo
Photo John R. Hosking

Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised near Bemboka, Robertson and in the Blue Mountains; also in Vic,Tas, Norfolk Id and New Zealand; native of Europe. Occasionally cultivated but not recommended because of its potential to become naturalised and weedy.

Grows in damp sites.
NSW subdivisions: *CT, *SC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
AVH map***

Was formerly known as Carex ovalis, but that is now regarded as a synonym.

Text by K.L. Wilson 1993 (as C. ovalis); edited KL Wilson (Jan 2008; Apr 2014; Sept 2015; Aug 2016)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol 4 (1993), as C. ovalis; K.L. Wilson (2004)


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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