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Schoenus villosus R.Br.
Family Cyperaceae
Common name: Hairy Bog-rush

Schoenus villosus R.Br. APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial.

Culms erect, rigid, ± terete, grooved, smooth, noded, 15–40 cm long, 1.2–1.7 mm diam.

Leaves with blade to 32 cm long; sheath dark red-brown to blackish, striate, ± papillose, shining; mouth densely long-ciliate; ligule absent. Inflorescence erect, narrow, 5–30 cm long, with head-like clusters of spikelets at 4–6 distant nodes; lowest involucral bract to 9 cm long. Spikelets ovate, acute, 2–6-flowered, 8–14 mm long. Glumes 7–14, lowest 4–7 empty, narrow-ovate, long-acute, straw-coloured near base, blackish near apex, dull, with margins ciliate to woolly; fertile glumes 7–10 mm long. Bristles 6, minute. Stamens 3; anthers 3.0–4.8 mm long.

Nut trigonous, obovoid to ellipsoid, 1.3–1.7 mm long, 0.8–1.0 mm diam., prominently 3-ribbed, transversely wrinkled, glabrous, ± dull, pale red-brown to grey.

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and woodland in sandy soils on the coast and associated ranges; north from the Budawang Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
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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