Centrolepis aristata (R.Br.) Roem. & Schult. APNI*
Description: Annual tufted herb 2–10 cm high, rigidly erect.
Leaves 3–6, distichous, glabrous; lamina 10–75 mm long, 0.7–2 mm wide; innermost 1 or 2 leaves reduced in length but not sheath-like.
Scapes 2-edged, 1–14 cm long, glabrous or edges finely scabrous; head laterally compressed, oblong, 1.3–4 mm wide. Primary bracts opposite, closely sheathing to somewhat gaping; bracts with sheath passing abruptly into lamina 8–45 mm long, lamina of innermost bract shorter; sheath cartilaginous, brown, margins hyaline, glabrous or with finely scabrous keel. Pseudanthia 3–30, bisexual; secondary bracts 2 (or 3) per pseudanthium, 3–4 mm long, hyaline, truncate, often erose, usually with additional secondary bracts between pseudanthia. Female flowers 3–7 per pseudanthium.
Seeds fusiform, 0.6–0.8 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist habitats in woodland, sclerophyll forest and heath, mainly on sandy soils; known only from the Eden area.
NSW subdivisions: SC
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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