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Xyris gracilis R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Xyris gracilis R.Br. subsp. gracilis APNI*
Description: Tufted herb.
Leaves linear, flat, 6–29 cm long, 1–4 mm wide, surface smooth; leaf edge pale, tuberculate; sheathing base 2–6 cm long, golden brown or reddish brown or black.
Scapes subterete, 27–66 cm long. Inflorescence ellipsoid or ovoid, 5–10 mm long, 2.3–8 mm diam. Sterile bracts 6–10. Fertile bracts oblong to broad-ovate; central region brown; wings basally golden brown, apically brown to black; margins apically ± lacerate. Lateral outer tepals narrow, oblong to ovate; median region ± dark brown, keel papillate; wings equal, golden brown; margins entire, apex entire. Style 5–6 mm long, branches 2–4 mm long. Seed oblong, c. 1.3 mm long.
Flowering: late spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in damp or swampy areas, often in heath; widespread on the coast and ranges, inland to Lithgow.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Hybrids intermediate between the subspecies occur between Port Jackson and Broken Bay and near Linden in the lower Blue Mtns (Evans 1966).
Text by A. N. L. Doust & B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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