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Schoenus moorei Benth.
Family Cyperaceae
Schoenus moorei Benth. APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial.

Culms erect, rigid, scabrous, terete, striate, nodeless, 7–22 cm long, 0.5–1.3 mm diam.

Leaves with blade to 18 cm long, mostly rather curly; sheath yellow-brown to dark brown, scabrous, ± shining; mouth hyaline, glabrous or slightly ciliate with margins overlapping; ligule absent. Inflorescence erect, narrow, 3–10 cm long, with spikelets clustered at 2–5 nodes; lowest involucral bract to 12 cm long. Spikelets ovate, acute, 2–4-flowered, 5–12 mm long. Glumes 3–5, lowest 1 or 2 empty, narrow-ovate, acute, yellow-brown to dark red-brown, ± dull, with glabrous or ciliate margins, midvein occasionally ciliolate; fertile glumes 5–10 mm long. Bristles absent or several minute. Stamens 3; anthers 2.1–4.0 mm long..

Nut trigonous, obpyriform to obovoid, 1.0–1.8 mm long, 0.8–1.0 mm diam., 3-ribbed, transversely wrinkled, hairy, glistening, whitish to straw-coloured to dark brown.


Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, on sandy soils; coastal areas south from Hawkesbury R., inland to Blue Mtns and eastern ranges of ST, with apparent outliers near Narrabri and Lees Pinch.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: ?Vic.
AVH map***

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
***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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