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Common name: Settlers' Twine, Boorgay
Gymnostachys anceps R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Gymnostachys gigantea Domin APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, not or hardly clumped; rhizome creeping.
Leaves few, erect, linear, usually 1–1.5 m long, mostly 10–15 mm wide, tough-fibrous, glabrous, strongly veined, channelled, tapering to a point.
Main axis of inflorescence 1.5–3 m high, with distant erect distichous flattened bracts subtending spadix clusters. Spadix to c. 12 cm long, c. 7 mm diam., at first with the flowers green and clustered at female anthesis, darkening and becoming separated at male anthesis. Pollen bright yellow.
Fruit ovoid, 10–15 mm long, blue-black; infructescence usually few-fruited, not protected.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest; coastal districts and escarpment ranges, north from Milton district, inland to the Blue Mtns and Werrikimbee N.P.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by A. Hay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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