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Carex iynx Nelmes
Family Cyperaceae
Carex iynx Nelmes APNI*

Description: Rhizome short; shoots densely tufted. Culms erect, terete to trigonous, smooth to scabrous, 20–100 cm long, c. 1.7 mm diam.

Leaves exceeding culms; blade 3–6 mm wide; sheath dark yellow-brown, persisting as fibrous remains; ligule retuse.

Inflorescence spreading to drooping, 20–45 cm long, usually longer than culm, with 1–5 spikes per node; lowest involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikes long-pedicellate, distant, spreading to erect at maturity, 3–5.5 cm long; upper 1–4 spikes male; lower spikes female or gynaecandrous or androgynous or with female flowers above and below and male in the middle. Glumes retuse to obtuse, often erose, long-mucronate, pale yellow-brown; female glumes 4–8 mm long (including mucro to 1.5 mm long). Perigynia (utricles) ellipsoid, several-nerved abaxially (faint so adaxially), 4.5–7 mm long, 1.5–1.8 mm diam., hispid above, pale brown; beak 1.5–2.5 mm long, with apex 2-fid or split. Anthers c. 3 mm long excluding appendage to 0.2 mm long. Style 3-fid.

Nut obovoid, trigonous in cross section, yellow-brown.


Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: From Oberon (CT) south along the tablelands.

Grows near watercourses.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. ?S.A.
AVH map***

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

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