Juncus prismatocarpus R.Br. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial.
Culms ± flattened, 10–40 cm long, 1.3–3.0 mm diam.
Leaves pluritubulose, spread along culms, shorter or equalling culms; blade compressed, 1.3–3.2 mm wide; auricles 0.3–1.0 mm long. Inflorescence terminal, diffuse, 5–17 cm long; flowers clustered at apex of branches, 5–25 per cluster and 4–40 clusters per inflorescence; involucral bract, 1 well-developed, 3–14 cm long, shorter than or rarely as long as inflorescence. Tepals straw-brown to red-brown, with narrow hyaline margins; outer tepals 2.5–3.5(-4.1) mm long, ± equalling inner tepals. Stamens 3, shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.4–0.7 mm long.
Capsule longer than outer tepals by up to 3 mm, narrow-ovoid, acuminate, tapering evenly to long beak or narrowing more abruptly at very apex, golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in wet situations; from coastal districts west to the Pilliga Scrub.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff
Taxon concept: K.L.Wilson & L.A.S.Johnson (2001)
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