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Eleocharis pusilla R.Br.
Family Cyperaceae
Eleocharis pusilla R.Br. APNI*

Description: Small tufted perennial with slender rhizome.

Culms filiform, 2–15 (rarely to 25) cm high, c. 0.5 mm diam.

Spikelet ovoid, 2–7 mm long. Glumes acute to obtuse, 1.7–2.7 mm long, usually dark red-brown to blackish. Bristles few, very slender, small or absent. Stamens 3; anthers 0.9–1.6 mm long. Style 3-fid.

Nut obscurely trigonous, narrow-obovoid, acute or with very small neck with style base enveloping apex, each face with 3 or 4 vertical ribs, the cells between the ribs transversely elongate, 0.7–1.1 mm long, 0.4–0.6 mm diam., rather glistening, straw-coloured; style base very small, about a quarter as long as and a third to half as broad as nut.


Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in eastern half of State, extending west to Wanaaring and Balranald. Also in all other States and New Zealand.

Grows in moist situations.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993; revised Sept 2006)
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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