Schoenoplectiella erecta (Poir.) Lye APNI*
Synonyms: Schoenoplectus erectus (Poir.) Palla ex J.Raynal APNI*
Scirpus erectus Poir. APNI*
Description: Annual tufted herb. Culms terete, to 30 cm high, 0.5–1 mm diam.
Leaves with blade to 4 cm long.
Inflorescence a cluster of 2–6 sessile spikelets; involucral bract to 15 cm long. Spikelets oblong-ovoid, acute, 5–10 mm long, c. 2 mm diam. Glumes obtuse, shortly mucronate, 2.5–4 mm long, glabrous or sparsely ciliate, pale straw-coloured tinged dark red-brown. Hypogynous bristles absent. Style 2-fid. Basal spikelets present.
Nut obovoid, plano-convex, 1–1.5 mm long, 1–1.3 mm diam., conspicuously transversely rugose, black.
Distribution and occurrence: Only a few localities known, near Menangle Park and Agnes Banks in the Sydney region, and the Pilliga region SW Narrabri; also naturalised in Qld and Vic. Native of Africa.
Grows in damp, open, disturbed situations.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2015; Dec 2015)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993) as Schoenoplectus erectus
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