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Scleria mackaviensis Boeckeler
Family Cyperaceae
Scleria mackaviensis Boeckeler APNI*

Description: Slender perennial with very short rhizome.

Culms scabrous, 5–30 cm high, 0.8–1.5 mm diam.

Leaves pubescent, 1–2 mm wide; contraligule short. Inflorescence narrow, often longer than culm, 3–20 cm long, consisting of 2–4 small clusters. Spikelets bisexual or male, 4–6 mm long; male spikelets several-flowered; bisexual spikelets with several male flowers.

Nut-bearing glumes acute to long-acute, 4.5–5.5 mm long, glabrous or slightly hairy near midrib, green to straw-coloured, tinged purplish red marginally. Stamens 3; anthers 2–2.5 mm long. Disk 3-lobed, white to pale brown; lobes somewhat spreading, membranous, broad, truncate, undulate. Nut obscurely trigonous, globose to ellipsoid, much shorter than glumes, 1.6–2.3 mm long, 1.6–2 mm diam., ± wrinkled, occasionally white-pubescent.


Illustration
L. Elkan

Habit
Photo L. von Richter

Flower
Photo Lotte von Richter

Fruit
Photo L. von Richter

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in drier sites in open forest and woodland, often on rocky slopes; coastal ranges north from Wombeyan Caves area; inland south to Wellington.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Disk lobes are very occasionally red-dotted.

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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