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Eleocharis blakeana L.A.S.Johnson & O.D.Evans
Family Cyperaceae
Eleocharis blakeana L.A.S.Johnson & O.D.Evans APNI*

Description: Perennial with short rhizome.

Culms densely tufted, terete, transversely septate, 20–40 cm high, c. 1 mm diam.

Spikelet narrow-cylindrical, 1–2 cm long. Glumes acute, midrib distinct, the margins broadly membranous and hyaline, c. 3 mm long, pale brown to red-brown. Bristles 6–8, closely appressed, quarter to a third as long as nut. Stamens 3; anthers 1.2–1.8 mm long. Style 3-fid.

Nut biconvex, with the angles acute and ribbed, narrow-obovoid, 1.4–1.5 mm long, c. 0.7 mm diam., shining, yellowish to golden brown; external cells minute; style base c. 0.3 mm long, c. 0.4 mm wide at base, about a third as broad as nut.

Photo Karen L Wilson

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Recorded near Yetman and Wee Waa.

Grows in ephemerally wet situations, such as gilgais, often associated with brigalow and belah woodland and on clayey soil.
NSW subdivisions: NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993; edited Sept 2006)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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