Eryngium pandanifolium Cham. & Schltdl. APNI*
Synonyms: Eryngium decaisneanum Urb. APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb to 4 m high.
Basal leaves broad-linear, usually 100–250 cm long, usually 2–7 cm wide, apex acute, margins with slender spines, venation parallel, midvein usually more prominent.
Inflorescence a panicle of compound umbels, the ultimate unit of the inflorescence a head; stalk of heads 14–33 mm long; heads ovoid to globose, 7.5–14 mm long, 6–9 mm diam.; bracts greenish, 6–8, ovate, acute, 2–3 mm long. Flowers greenish white.
Fruit c. 2.5 mm long, covered with bladdery scales.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on swamp margins; occasionally naturalized in Sydney district. Native of trop. S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Text by J. M. Powell & B. M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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