Juncus sandwithii Lourteig APNI*
Description: Small, shortly rhizomatous perennial, ± mat-forming. Culms terete, 1–10 (rarely to 14) cm long, 0.3–0.6 mm diam.
Leaves unitubulose, spread along culms, longer than or equalling or occasionally much longer than culms; blade terete, 0.2–0.7 mm diam.; auricles c. 0.5 mm long.
Inflorescence terminal, diffuse, 1–2 (rarely to 9) cm long; flowers clustered or solitary at apex of branches, 2–4 (rarely to 10) flowers per cluster and 1–4 clusters per inflorescence; involucral bract 1, well-developed, 0.6–3.0 (occasionally to 5.5) cm long, shorter than to longer than inflorescence. Tepals straw-brown, occasionally red-tinged, with broad hyaline margins; outer tepals 2.0–3.0 mm long, slightly longer than to slightly shorter than inner tepals. Stamens 6, shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.5–0.7 mm long.
Capsule longer than outer tepals, ovoid, acuminate, long-beaked, golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: At high altitudes, south from Bald Rock (Tenterfield district).
Grows in damp situations.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff (1993); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2022)
Taxon concept: K.L.Wilson & L.A.S.Johnson (2001)
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