Lepyrodia leptocaulis L.A.S.Johnson & O.D.Evans APNI*
Description: Monoecious perennial herb; rhizome mostly shortly creeping.
Culms thin and wiry, 15–50 cm high, 0.5–0.9 mm diam., the surface mostly minutely wrinkled or pitted. Aerial sheaths appressed, 6–10, rarely to 17 mm long, apex truncate; lamina reflexed.
Inflorescence narrow, terminal, slightly flexuous to erect, panicle-like. Male and female flowers often in the same inflorescence, females towards base, males towards apex. Male flowers: tepals lanceolate to elliptic, acuminate, hyaline, yellow, glabrous, outer tepals 2.2–3.1 mm long, keeled; inner tepals 2–2.6 mm long, flatter. Female flowers: tepals similar to those of male flowers but slightly broader, outer tepals 1.6–2.6 mm long; inner tepals 1.4–2.4 mm long.
Fruit trigonous, depressed globose, c. 1.5 mm long ± smooth.
Distribution and occurrence: in swampy heath in acid granite or sandstone country; north from Tingha.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs (1993); edited KL Wilson (Feb 2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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