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Carex hubbardii Nelmes
Family Cyperaceae
Carex hubbardii Nelmes APNI*

Description: Rhizome short; shoots densely tufted. Culms erect, trigonous, scabrous, 10–50 cm long, c. 1 mm diam.

Leaves exceeding culms; blade 2–4.5 mm wide; sheath pale brown, persisting as fibrous remains; ligule retuse to rounded.

Inflorescence spreading to drooping, c. 20 cm long, often much longer than culm, with 1–5 spikes per node; lowest involucral bracts exceeding inflorescence. Spikes long-pedicellate, distant, drooping to spreading at maturity, 2–6 cm long; all spikes androgynous. Glumes acute, long-mucronate, whitish or very pale brown with green midrib; female glumes 4–5 mm long. Perigynia (utricles) narrow-ellipsoid, numerous-nerved, 5–6.5 mm long, c. 1.5 mm diam., hispid over most of surface (or confined to margins), pale green to brown; beak long, 1–2 mm long, with apex split or 2-fid. Anthers 1.5–1.7 mm long excluding appendage to 0.2 mm long. Style 3-fid.

Nut obovoid to ellipsoid, trigonous in cross section, pale yellow.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: North from Paterson Range.

Grows in rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (April 2014, Aug 2016)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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