Common name: Medusa bog sedge
Schoenus latelaminatus Kuek. APNI*
Description: Leafy tufted annual. Culms erect, flaccid, terete, striate, nodeless, 2–20 cm long, 0.5–1.5 mm diam.
Leaves with blade to 11 cm long; sheath straw-coloured to red-brown, striate, dull; mouth glabrous; ligule present.
Inflorescence erect, narrow, 2–22 cm long, with 2–6 nodes, each with 1–5 spikelets; lowest involucral bract to 14 cm long. Spikelets narrow-ovate, acute, 2–6-flowered, 6–12 mm long. Glumes 4–9, lowest 1 or 2 empty, narrow-ovate, acute, straw-coloured to dark red-brown, ± shining, with glabrous margins and often scabrous midvein; fertile glumes 5–8.2 mm long. Bristles absent or minute. Stamens 3; anthers 1.4–3.8 mm long.
Nut trigonous, ellipsoid, 1.2–2 mm long, 0.8–1 mm diam., prominently 3-ribbed, reticulate-pitted, glabrous, ± shining, greyish to black-spotted or evenly pale brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Very sporadic, south from Yetman along Western Slopes, extending to Hunter Valley.
Grows in seasonally wet places.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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