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Chorizandra cymbaria R.Br.
Family Cyperaceae
Chorizandra cymbaria R.Br. APNI*

Description: Perennial with slender but tough rhizome. Culms unitubulose, transverse septa usually obvious externally, often pluritubulose near base, often glaucous when immature, yellow-green at maturity, longitudinally striate and usually minutely verruculose at least near apex, 50–100 cm high, 1.3–4 mm diam.

Inner leaf blades half to two-thirds the length of culms, usually slightly thicker than culms, unitubulose, rarely pluritubulose near base; sheath loose, to 25 cm long, yellow-brown to red-brown.

Inflorescence narrow-ovoid to ovoid or rarely globose, 11–15 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, with pseudospikelets few to numerous (c. 10 to > 30); core not or scarcely raised, oblong to ovate. Involucral bract to 10 cm long, unitubulose; margins of base yellow-papery, red-dotted, sheathing sides of inflorescence. Pseudospikelets with 16–25 glumes, 13–20 stamens. Glumes oblong to spathulate, lowest few glumes keeled towards apex; apex usually praemorse, obtuse.Anthers 1.5–3.7 mm long. Anthers 1.5–3.7 mm long. Style 2–4-fid.

Nut with 4–8 longitudinal ridges and faint irregular transverse ridges, 2.7–4 mm long, 1.5–2.7 mm diam., red-brown.

Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Mainly in coastal areas, extending inland to Torrington and Tingha. Also in New Caledonia.

Grows in swampy places.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson
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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