Lepidosperma gunnii Boeckeler APNI*
Description: Slender, tufted perennial with short rhizome. Culms rigid, erect, biconvex or rarely flattened on 1 face, glabrous, smooth, 15–40 cm high, 1–2(-2.5) mm wide; margins smooth to scabrous.
Leaves similar in form to culms but shorter, 1–2.5 mm wide; sheath mostly straw-coloured or with dark brown base or mostly reddish, not viscid, ± shining.
Inflorescence ± linear in outline, narrow, erect, 2–8 cm long, 0.5–1 cm diam.; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets few, 3.5–4(-5.5) mm long. Glumes 4–7, scaberulous near apex, red-brown; 2 or 3 lowest empty, shorter than fertile glumes, acute, mucronate; fertile 2.5–3.5(-4.5) mm long, long-acute. Scales 6–8, a third to half the length of nut, yellowish. Anthers 1.7–2.2 mm long, excluding appendage c. 0.5 mm long.
Nut ovoid, 2.5–3.3 mm long, 1.2–1.7 mm diam., pale brown, wrinkled to smooth, shining.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and heath, often in damper areas, on a range of substrates, mainly eastern edge of tablelands and south from Hornsby on the coast; CWS: only upper Hunter Valley.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Close to L. laterale, with which it may be found growing occasionally.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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