Eleocharis gracilis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Slender perennial with short creeping rhizome. Culms tufted or solitary on rhizome, terete to flattened, grooved, to 20 cm or rarely to 50 cm high, to 1 mm diam.
Spikelet ovoid to oblong, 5–9(-12) mm long, 2–3(-4) mm diam. Glumes obtuse to acute, obtusely keeled, sides membranous, 3.3–3.6 mm long, tinged red-brown. Bristles 5 or 6, flattened, pale brown, finely and retrorsely toothed, usually much exceeding the style base but sometimes only as long as nut. Stamens 3; anthers 1.0–2.2 mm long. Style 3-fid.
Nut equally trigonous, with angles acute, obovoid, 1–1.5 mm long, 0.8–1 mm diam., somewhat shining, golden brown; external cells minute, shortly vertically oblong or subisodiametric; style base a third to half as long as and half to two-thirds as broad as nut.
Distribution and occurrence: Coast and tableland regions, extending inland to Mt Kaputar and Wagga Wagga area.
Grows in seasonally wet situations.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1993; revised Sept 2006)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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