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Lepyrodia anarthria F.Muell. ex Benth.
Family Restionaceae
Lepyrodia anarthria F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*

Description: Dioecious perennial herb, densely tufted or rhizome shortly creeping.

Culms unbranched, often numerous, thin and weak, c. 0.8–2 mm diam., or if stouter then fewer and often compressed, c. 30–80 cm high. Sheaths absent from the aerial portion of the culm or if present, not more than 2.

Inflorescence sparse to dense, erect, terminal, often narrow and spike-like. Male inflorescence c. 10–35 mm long. Female inflorescence usually 10–40(-65) mm long. Tepals of male flowers lanceolate to narrow ovoid, acuminate, glabrous, yellow-brown, outer tepals 2.8–3.8 mm long, inner tepals 2.4–3.2 mm long; female tepals similar but slightly larger.

Fruit 0.7–2 mm long.

Distribution and occurrence: in or near swamps and in wet or damp peaty soils; in the Sydney region and inland to Goulburn.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
AVH map***

Appears to hybridise with L. scariosa and allied species.

Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs (1993); edited BG Briggs and KL Wilson (Oct 2012)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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***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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