Lepidosperma forsythii A.A.Ham. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial with short rhizome. Culms rigid, erect, terete, striate, glabrous, smooth, 60–120(-200) cm high, 1.2–2.0 mm diam.
Leaves reduced, to 10 cm long, < 1 mm diam.; sheath very dark red-brown to dark grey-brown, straw-coloured near apex, not viscid, ± dull.
Inflorescence shortly oblong in outline, erect, with rachis usually very flexuous, 2–6 cm long, 1.5–3 cm diam.; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets few, 7–12 mm long. Glumes 4 or 5, mucronate (mucro to 3 mm long), scaberulous near apex, pale red-brown to grey-brown; 2 or 3 empty, scarcely shorter than fertile glumes; fertile 8–11 mm long. Scales 3 or 4, not or scarcely inflated, bristly, a fifth to a third the length of nut, often at one side of nut only, yellowish. Stamen filaments inflated at base and remaining on nut; anthers 2.5–4.0 mm long, excluding appendage 0.3–0.4 mm long.
Nut ovoid, 4–5 mm long, 1.5–2.0 mm diam., grey-brown, smooth.
Distribution and occurrence: South from Myall Lakes to Bulli Pass, extending inland to Blue Mtns. Apparently not collected on SC but occurring in adjoining East Gippsland (Vic.).
Grows in swampy heath.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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