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Lepidosperma urophorum N.A.Wakef.
Family Cyperaceae
Lepidosperma urophorum N.A.Wakef. APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial with very short rhizome. Culms rigid, erect to arching, terete or often shallowly concave on one side or obscurely trigonous, striate, glabrous, smooth, 60–150 cm high, 0.8–1.8 mm diam.

Leaves usually reduced, to 2 cm long, or similar in form to culms but shorter, < 1 mm diam.; sheath blackish to very dark red-brown (culms often reddish near base), not viscid, ± dull.

Inflorescence fan-shaped or linear in outline, consisting of 1 to several slender spikes, 3–8 cm long, 0.5–2 cm diam.; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets ± few, 5–7 mm long. Glumes 4 or 5, puberulous to glabrous, grey-brown to red-brown; 2 lowest empty, slightly shorter than fertile glumes, obtuse to acute, mucronate; fertile 4–5.5 mm long, acute, mucronate. Scales 6, a third to half the length of nut, yellowish. Anthers 1.7–2.3 mm long, excluding appendage 0.5–0.8 mm long.

Nut narrow-ellipsoid to ovoid, 3.0–4.0 mm long, 1.5–2.3 mm diam., pale brown to dark greyish, wrinkled to smooth.


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Flowering: Spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: South from Bulga State Forest.

Grows in forest, often near streams on sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
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Text by K. L. Wilson
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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