Carex chlorantha R.Br. APNI*
Description: Rhizome long; shoots loosely tufted. Culms erect, trigonous, smooth below, scabrous above, 10–35 cm long, to 1 mm diam.
Leaves usually shorter than culms; blade 0.7–1.7 mm wide; sheath pale brown; ligule rounded or obtuse.
Inflorescence erect, narrow, 1.5–2.5 cm long, with 6–12 spikes solitary at nodes; lowest involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikes sessile, contiguous, appressed or slightly spreading at maturity, to 0.5 cm long; uppermost spike androgynous; lower spikes female or androgynous. Glumes acute, dark yellow-brown to red-brown, with broad whitish or hyaline margins; female glumes 3.3–4 mm long. Perigynia (utricles) ovoid, nerveless, 3.0–4.0 mm long, 1.0–1.2 mm diam., shortly hispid on angles, green to red-brown; short beak c. 1 mm long, with apex split abaxially or 2-fid. Anthers 1.8–3 mm long excluding appendage c. 0.1 mm long. Style 2-fid.
Nut ovoid, lenticular in cross section, yellow-brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread but not common; south from Glen Innes on the tablelands, extending east to near Dorrigo, the eastern edge of SWS, and possibly in Sydney region (old records only).
Grows in wet areas in grassland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, ?CC, NT, ST, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (Aug 2016)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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