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Lepyrodia scariosa R.Br.
Family Restionaceae
Lepyrodia scariosa R.Br. APNI*

Description: Dioecious perennial herb, usually tufted or rhizome shortly creeping.

Culms terete, c. 35–90 cm high, 0.8–1.8 mm diam.; internodes 4–6. Cauline sheaths loose and open, 4–6 on each culm; aerial sheaths c. 15–30 mm long, glabrous, apex truncate to acute

Inflorescence panicle-like, sometimes small, narrow and spike-like; flowers sparsely arranged on lateral branches, shortly pedicellate. Tepals rigid, lanceolate, glabrous, yellow-brown, 3 outer tepals usually longer than the inner tepals 3.2–4.6 mm long, cuspidate, inner tepals 2.8–4 mm long, acuminate.

Fruit c. 2 mm long.


Illustration
C. Wardrop

Distribution and occurrence: on the coast, north from Green Cape. Also in SE Qld.

in moist sand or peaty soil in heath and woodland and near margins of swamps
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs (1993); edited KL Wilson (March 2014)
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
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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