Eleocharis parodii Barros APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial, with short rhizome.
Culms terete, 20–45 cm long, 2–5 mm diam.
Spikelet cylindrical, 2–3 cm long, 2–4 mm diam. Glumes acuminate, keeled, c. 2 mm long, yellow-brown with broad hyaline margin. Bristles 6 or 7, slightly shorter than nut, whitish. Stamens 1 or 2; anthers 0.6–1.0 mm long. Style 3-fid.
Nut trigonous with angles ribbed, obovoid, with small neck, obscurely reticulate, c. 0.8 mm long, c. 0.5 mm diam., pale brown or greenish grey; style base about a sixth as long as and about a quarter as broad as nut.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised in irrigation area near Griffith; apparently destroyed there by 2003 when the irrigation channel was filled in. Native of Argentina.
NSW subdivisions: *SWP
Considered a 'sleeper' weedy species in 2003 and targeted for eradication before it became a problem - see http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=plant.tpl&state=&s=&ibra=all&card=W21 for further information.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1993; edited March 2010)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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