Isolepis prolifera (Rottb.) R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Scirpus prolifer Rottb. APNI*
Description: Slender, tufted or stoloniferous perennial, mostly proliferating.
Culms often decumbent, to 40 cm high, to 3 mm diam.
Leaves reduced to dark red-brown sheaths. Inflorescence a ± loose globose head of numerous spikelets, often with proliferous branches to 12 cm long, spikelets 4–10 mm long; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Glumes irregularly several-nerved on sides, 1.8–2.3 mm long, hyaline or pale brown flecked or tinged dark red-brown. Stamens 3 (rarely fewer). Style 3-fid.
Nut equally triquetrous, ellipsoid, about half as long as glume, c. 1 mm long, c. 0.4 mm diam., smooth or minutely punctulate, glistening, pale yellow.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist situations; near Murwillumbah, and south from Sydney region. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *CT
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A.
Superficially similar to I. inundata but is generally coarser and mostly has the inflorescence proliferating. It may be better placed in Scirpoides or some other genus.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (June 2009)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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