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Fimbristylis velata R.Br.
Family Cyperaceae
Fimbristylis velata R.Br. APNI*

Synonyms: Fimbristylis squarrosa var. esquarrosa Makino APNI*

Description: Small densely tufted annual.

Culms compressed, 5–25 cm high, 0.5–1 mm diam.

Leaves shorter than culms, ± soft-hairy at least on sheaths, 0.3–1 mm wide; ligule absent. Inflorescence compound, with several to many solitary spikelets, on branches to 5 cm long; involucral bracts leaf-like, soft-hairy, 1–4 shorter than to equalling inflorescence. Spikelets ovoid, angular, acute, 4–7 mm long, 1–1.5 mm diam. Glumes spiral, thinly membranous, ± acute, with 3-nerved acute midrib excurrent in a straight or slightly excurved mucro to 0.3 mm long, 1.5–2 mm long, glabrous or pubescent, straw-coloured. Stamen 1, anther 0.2–0.3 mm long. Style 2-fid, sparsely ciliate above with a basal whorl of long whitish hairs closely appressed to nut and half-covering it.

Nut biconvex, with acute angles, obovoid, shortly stipitate, obscurely reticulate by the isodiametric epidermal cells, 0.6–0.8 mm long, c. 0.5 mm diam., shining, straw-coloured.

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist areas; north from Jervis Bay, Narrabri and Moama.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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