Tricostularia pauciflora (F.Muell.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Small tufted perennial.
Culms 1-noded or nodeless, terete, glabrous, yellow-green, 10–45 cm high, 0.5–1.2 mm diam.
Leaves often much reduced, to 6 cm long; sheath straw-coloured to dark red-brown, dull. Spikelets solitary or 2 or 3 in a terminal cluster (rarely a second distant cluster), terete, 4–6 mm long, each spikelet with an uppermost bisexual flower and lower 1 or 2 male, sterile or bisexual; involucral bract somewhat shorter than inflorescence. Glumes subdistichous, long-acute to acute, keeled especially near apex, glabrous except for occasional hairs on keel, very pale red-brown to very dark red-brown (apex often darker than body); fertile glumes 3.5–4.0 mm long. Scales minute, whitish. Anthers c. 1.5 mm long.
Nut obscurely trigonous, obovoid to obpyriform, 2.2–2.5 mm long, 1.2–1.5 mm diam., puberulous especially near apex, dull, mid- to dark brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swampy places mainly in coastal areas; south from Nabiac, extending inland to Gibraltar Ra. and the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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