Oreobolus distichus F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Small, mat-forming herbs to 10 (rarely to 15) cm high.
Leaves often distichous; sheath with rounded auricles; pseudopetiole thick, channelled, 6–20 (rarely to 32) mm long; blade 8–50 mm long, 0.5–1.2 mm wide, with a median band without stomates between 2 faint or obvious ribs; apex obtuse or rarely acute.
Inflorescence with a single spikelet. Spikelet 7–22 mm long. Glumes 3 or rarely 4, whitish with green leaf-like apex to pale brown; outermost glume 6–20 mm; innermost glume 5–10 mm long. Scales straw-coloured to dark yellow-brown. Anthers 2.5–4 mm long.
Nut ovoid, acute, 1.7–2.2 mm long, 1.0–1.3 mm diam., pale to dark yellow-brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist places in high altitude to alpine areas; near Ebor, Barrington Tops, and south from the Brindabella Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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