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Eleocharis parvula (Roem. & Schult.) Link ex Bluff, Nees & Schauer
Family Cyperaceae
Eleocharis parvula (Roem. & Schult.) Link ex Bluff, Nees & Schauer APNI*

Description: Small rhizomatous, mat-forming herb with minute fusiform tubers. Culms terete, to 5 cm long, 0.2–0.5 mm diam.

Spikelet small, 2–4 mm long, 1–2 mm diam. Bristles 6, slightly longer than nut or variably shorter, whitish. Anthers 0.7–1.2 mm long. Style 3-fid.

Nut trigonous with distinct angles, obovoid to obpyriform, with small neck, 0.9–1.2 mm long, c. 0.5–0.7 mm diam., straw-coloured to pale brown; style base about a sixth as long as and about a quarter as broad as nut.


Distribution and occurrence: Rarely naturalised south of Sydney. Native of North and Central America, Europe, Asia.

Saline mud flats.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
AVH map***

Text by KL Wilson (Sept 2006); S Galen Smith (2002)
Taxon concept: Flora of North America vol. 23 (2002)


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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