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Lepidosperma clipeicola K.L.Wilson
Family Cyperaceae
Lepidosperma clipeicola K.L.Wilson APNI*

Description: Big clump-forming perennial with short rhizome. Culms easily compressible, erect to arching, terete, striate, glabrous, smooth, to 200 cm high, 1.5–3.5 mm diam.

Leaves reduced, to 2 cm long; sheath orange- to red-brown, not viscid, dull.

Inflorescence fan-shaped to ovate in outline, consisting of a cluster of several–numerous slender spikes, spreading, 4–10 cm long, 4–8 cm diam.; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets numerous, 3.5–5 mm long. Glumes 4 or 5, puberulous at least near apex, often ciliate, dark red-brown to grey-brown; 1 or 2 lowest empty, slightly shorter than fertile glumes, obtuse to acute; fertile 3.0–4.0 mm long, acute to broad-acute. Scales 6, a quarter to a third the length of nut, whitish to yellowish. Anthers c. 1.8 mm long, excluding appendage c. 0.5 mm long.

Nut narrow-ellipsoid to ovoid, 2.8–4.0 mm long, 1.4–1.7 mm diam., pale brown, smooth, shining.


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Flowering: Spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist sites in eucalypt forest at higher altitudes, on volcanic-derived soils; coastal ranges associated with Mt Warning Shield Volcano, south to Nightcap Range.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson Nov 2005
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
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