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Centrolepis eremica D.A.Cooke
Family Centrolepidaceae
Centrolepis eremica D.A.Cooke APNI*

Description: Annual rigid herb 2–4.5 cm high.

Leaves few-many, not distichous, not keeled, glabrous; sheath scarious; lamina 5–12 mm long, 0.5–0.8 mm wide; uppermost leaf reduced to a scarious sheath c. 2 mm long, glabrous.

Scapes terete, wiry, 1–3 cm long, glabrous; head ovoid-conic, 2–3.5 mm long. Primary bracts opposite, closely sheathing, outer bract with sheath abruptly passing into lamina, inner bract lacking lamina; sheath cartilaginous, brown, glabrous. Pseudanthia 4–10, bisexual or a few lacking stamen; secondary bracts absent. Female flowers 6–20 per pseudanthium.

Seeds ovoid, c. 0.5 mm long.


Flowering: July–September

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in temporary water on margins of streams, lakes etc.; scattered localities west of Cobham Lake.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP
Other Australian states: W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by E. A. Brown
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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