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Anthelepis paludosa (R.Br.) R.L.Barrett, K.L.Wilson & J.J.Bruhl
Family Cyperaceae
Anthelepis paludosa (R.Br.) R.L.Barrett, K.L.Wilson & J.J.Bruhl APNI*

Synonyms: Schoenus paludosus (R.Br.) Poir. APNI*
Tricostularia paludosa (R.Br.) Benth. APNI*
Costularia paludosa (R.Br.) C.B.Clarke APNI*
Chaetospora paludosa R.Br. APNI*

Description: Tufted annual or short-lived perennial, rhizome very short.

Culms erect, rigid, terete, striate, smooth, nodeless or 1(2)-noded, 5–15 cm long, 0.7–1.1 mm diam. Leaves with blade 3.5–12 cm long; sheath yellow-brown to red-brown, striate, ± shining; mouth glabrous; ligule absent.

Inflorescence erect, narrow, 7–50 cm long, with spikelets usually in clusters of 3, at 5–9 nodes; lowest involucral bract 3–9 cm long. Spikelets narrow-ovate, acute, 1- or 2(-3)-flowered, 4–6 mm long. Glumes 4–8, lowest 3 or 4 empty, narrow-ovate, acute, mucronate, straw-coloured with reddish patches, ± shining, with margins glabrous; fertile glumes 4.5–5.5 mm long. Bristles 6, with short, ciliate hairs, shorter than nut. Stamens 3; anthers 1.6–2.8 mm long. Style 3-fid.

Nutlet trigonous, obovoid, 1.0–1.3 mm long, 0.6–0.8 mm diam., scarcely 3-ribbed, finely reticulate, white-scabrous near apex, dull, blackish brown.

Photo R.L. Barrett

Photo R.L. Barrett

Photo R.L. Barrett

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: From Jervis Bay northwards in near-coastal regions (inland to Lawson in the Blue Mountains).

Grows in damp places in heath on sandy soils, mainly coastal areas.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by K.L. Wilson & R.L. Barrett
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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