Lepidosperma elatius Labill. APNI*
Description: Tall, tufted perennial with short rhizome.
Culms rigid, erect, biconvex, or convex on 1 face and flat on the other, or margins flat with a central biconvex ridge, ± striate, glabrous, smooth, 70–180 cm high, 5–15 mm wide; margins scabrous.
Leaves ± flat, shorter than culms, 6–20 mm wide; sheath reddish, straw-coloured above, usually not viscid, ± shining. Inflorescence ovate to oblong in outline, with branches drooping, 18–65 cm long, 5–20 cm diam.; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets numerous, 3–7 mm long. Glumes 4–7, often mucronate, puberulous, red-brown; 1 or 2 lowest empty, shorter than fertile glumes, acute; fertile 3–6 mm long, acute to long-acute. Scales 6, a quarter to a third the length of nut, white to pale brown. Anthers 1.6–3.0 mm long, excluding appendage 0.3–0.5 mm long.
Nut ovoid to narrow-ellipsoid, 2.0–3.0 mm long, 1.3–1.5 mm diam., greyish to red-brown, smooth, shining.
Distribution and occurrence: Mainly in coastal ranges, extending inland to Parlour Mtn (NT) and the Blue Mtns.
Grows in damp areas in forest, often near rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
The text here covers two species, one of which is currently undescribed. True L. elatius is restricted to the SE corner of the State.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (June 2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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