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Cyperus bowmannii F.Muell. ex Benth.
Family Cyperaceae
Cyperus bowmannii F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*

Synonyms: Mariscus bowmannii (F.Muell. ex Benth.) C.B.Clarke APNI*

Description: Slender, grass-like, tufted perennial, 10–45 cm tall. Culms lax, triquetrous, smooth, c. 1 mm diam.

Leaves grass-like, 1–2 mm wide.

Inflorescence simple, with 0–6 branches to 5 cm long; involucral bracts leaf-like, 1–2 exceeding inflorescence. Spikelets terete to subterete, spreading at 40–90 degrees from the vertical, falling as a unit, 1–2 cm long, c. 0.5 mm diam., 3–10-flowered; rachilla very flexuose, broadly winged; glumes 2.3–3 mm long, brown. Stamens 3. Style 3-fid.

Nut trigonous, narrow-oblong in outline, c. 2/3 as long as glume, brownish.

Distribution and occurrence: Collected once in wooded park at Lane Cove, CC (?natural or introduced there?). Also in Queensland.

Sandy soil.
NSW subdivisions: CC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Some people spell the epithet as 'bowmanni' on the basis that Bentham intentionally created a Latin version of the name by adding the extra 'n'.

Text by K.L. Wilson (2005, edited Aug 2009, Jan 2019); based on P. Sharpe in Stanley & Ross, Flora of SE Qld vol 3 (1989)
Taxon concept: K.L. Wilson (1993) Flora of NSW vol 4

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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