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Carex raleighii Nelmes
Family Cyperaceae
Carex raleighii Nelmes APNI*

Description: Slender, loosely tufted perennial; long, slender rhizome. Culms slender, weak, terete to trigonous, smooth, 25–40 cm long, 0.3–0.7 mm diam.

Leaves shorter than to equalling culms, c. 1 mm wide.

Inflorescence erect, 0.5–1 cm long, with 1–4 spikes solitary at nodes; lowest involucral bract exceeding inflorescence. Spikes sessile, contiguous, spreading to erect at maturity, to c. 1 cm long; all spikes androgynous. Male and female bracts ('glumes') acute, orange-brown with broad white to hyaline margins near apex; female bracts 3.5–4 mm long. Perigynia (utricles) 2.5–3.0 mm long, 1.0–1.4 mm diam., ovoid to ellipsoid, weakly several-nerved, slightly hispid on narrowly winged shoulders and beak, green to pale brown; beak 0.7–1 mm long, with apex split. Style 2-fid.

Nut elliptical to obovate in outline.

Distribution and occurrence: Rare; Snowy Mountains; also Vic and Tas.

Scattered and inconspicuous on high altitude subalpine swampy flats.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
AVH map***

Close to C. hebes, differing in having taller but more slender culms, with the inflorescence longer than broad and usually with fewer spikes, the spikes androgynous, and the utricles smaller with a longer, narrower beak.

Text by Karen L Wilson (1996); edited KL Wilson (Aug 2016)
Taxon concept: Karen Wilson in Telopea 6(4): 572-3 (1996)

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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