Lepyrodia muelleri Benth. APNI*
Description: Monoecious perennial herb, tufted or rhizome shortly creeping.
Culms not exceeding 2 mm diam. over all at the base, 1–10 mm apart on the rhizome, c. 40–75 cm high, surface mostly smooth. At least some of the sheaths closely appressed; sheaths at the base of the culm not exceeding 5 c. in length, those on the upper portion of the culm usually dull and often striate.
Inflorescence terminal, erect, narrow, up to 18 cm long, with short, dense branches, the lower usually distant. Inflorescence either all of one sex, or the upper flowers male and the lower female. Secondary bracts and glumes acute, acuminate, with a short fine point. Outer and inner tepals about equal in length or the outer slightly longer, whitish or straw-coloured. Male flowers: tepals lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, brown to yellow, outer tepals longer than inner ones 2.7–3.5 mm long, inner tepals 2.3–3 mm long, concave. Female flowers: tepals similar to males but outer ones 2.2–2.6 mm long, inner tepals 1.8–2.2 mm long.
Fruit 1.5–1.8 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: in wet sandy or peaty soil and in swamps; chiefly in coastal district, south from Grafton and inland to Hilltop. Also in Vict, Tas, and SA.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
This species is found in wetter situations than the much more common L. scariosa.
Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs (1993); edited KL Wilson (March 2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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