Schoenus tesquorum J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Small, tufted perennial. Culms erect, more or less rigid, terete, striate, nodeless to 2-noded, 6–45 cm tall, 0.5–1.2 mm diam.
Leaves filiform, numerous; blade to 30 cm long; sheath straw-coloured (basal leaves) to very dark red-brown (cauline leaves); mouth glabrous; ligule present.
Inflorescence narrow, erect, 2–15 cm long, with spikelets clustered at 2–4 distant nodes; lowest involucral bract to 5 cm long. Spikelets narrow-ovate, acute, 2–6-flowered, 4–7 mm long; glumes 4–8, lowest 2 sterile, acute, dark yellow-brown to red-brown,shining, with glabrous, hyaline margins; fertile glumes 3.5–5.5 mm long; hypogynous bristles absent or several minute.
Nut trigonous, obovoid, prominently 3-ribbed, smooth or minutely reticulate, glabrous, more or less shining, whitish to grey-brown, 0.7–1.5 mm long, 0.5–0.8 mm diam.
Flowering: Flowers spring – summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Southern ranges of SC; also in Vic and SA.
On swamp margins and wet heathlands.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Text by K.L. Wilson (2004)
Taxon concept: K.L. Wilson, Flora of Victoria vol 2 (1994)
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