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Chordifex fastigiatus (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs
Family Restionaceae
Chordifex fastigiatus (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs APNI*

Synonyms: Saropsis fastigiata (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Restio fastigiatus R.Br. APNI*

Description: Dioecious perennial herb; rhizome shortly creeping. Culms 30–100 cm high, 1–2 mm diam.

Sheaths closely appressed, dark red-brown, 0.5–2 mm long, glabrous, apex truncate to acute; lamina absent.

Flowering branches erect, straight. Spikelets in both sexes narrow. Spikelets c. 4–7 mm long, dark red-brown, solitary in the axils of the subtending bracts; bracts sometimes nearly as long as the spikelets. Male spikelets several-flowered, ellipsoid, glumes mucronate. Male tepals 6; stamens 3. Female spikelets 1-flowered, narrow-ellipsoid, glumes with longer mucros than male. Female tepals 6; staminodes 3, minute.

Distribution and occurrence: in sandy, usually shallow soils, often poorly drained or in successional stages over sandstone rock surfaces; from the Budawang Ra. to Gosford.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs (1993)
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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