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Carex flaccida (S.T.Blake) K.L.Wilson
Family Cyperaceae
Carex flaccida (S.T.Blake) K.L.Wilson APNI*

Synonyms: Uncinia flaccida S.T.Blake APNI*
Carex austroflaccida K.L.Wilson APNI*

Description: Tufted slender perennial, with slender, short rhizome. Culms very slender, trigonous, usually smooth, 15–40 cm high, 0.3–0.7 mm diam.

Leaves flat or folded, usually shorter than culms, 0.8–1.8 mm wide.

Inflorescence ± loose, 1.5–2.5(-3) cm long including male portion 6–11 mm long. Female glumes deciduous, acute, faintly several-nerved, 4–5 mm long, straw-coloured, membranous. Perigynia (utricles) obliquely spreading at maturity, trigonous, ovoid to ellipsoid, gradually narrowed to base, about as long as glumes, 4.5–5.5 mm long, 1.5–1.8 mm diam., smooth and shining, yellow-brown.Stamens 3.

Nut ellipsoid, c. 3 mm long, c. 1.5 mm diam., dark grey-brown, glistening, rather smooth, minutely isodiametrically reticulate.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in alpine areas, commonly beside rocks. Also in Vic and Tas.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (Aug 2016, Aug 2017, Nov 2020)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993) as Uncinia flaccida

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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