Isolepis stellata (C.B.Clarke) K.L.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Scirpus stellatus C.B.Clarke APNI*
Description: Small tufted annual. Culms filiform, to 6 cm high.
Leaves with blade to 2.5 cm long.
Spikelets usually 3–10 per inflorescence, 3–4 mm long; involucral bract to 10 mm long, usually exceeding inflorescence. Glumes acute, excurved mucronate, midrib stout and broad, sides 1–3-nerved, 1.5–2 mm long, straw-coloured, often dotted or tinged red-brown. Stamen 1. Style 3-fid.
Nut unequally trigonous, obovoid, half as long as glume, 0.6–0.8 mm long, 0.5–0.6 mm diam., minutely punctulate, glistening, dark brown to black.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in seasonally wet situations near Sydney (apparently naturalized). Native of southern Aust.: Vic., Tas., S.A., W.A.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CT
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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