Luzula ovata Edgar APNI*
Description: Small perennial with slender tufts, often subbulbous at base and with fibrous leaf remains.
Leaves 1.5–4 mm wide, much shorter than culms, rather flaccid, ± flat; margins moderately to densely hairy, papillose or smooth; apex obtuse.
Culms 10–35 cm long, 0.5–1.0 mm diam., much exceeding leaves, often reddish. Inflorescence a single ovate cluster, 1–1.5 cm long, or a central cluster with 2 or 3 clusters on peduncles c. 10 mm long. Leafy bracts 2 or 3, obtuse to acute. Flowers 1.8–2.6 mm long. Tepals acuminate, membranous, pale red-brown with very broad creamy to whitish margins. Anthers 0.2–0.6 mm long.
Capsule ± equalling tepals, ruby red or ox-blood red, smooth or sometime papillose at apex; seeds 1–1.3 mm long; caruncle about a quarter the length of seed.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swamps at higher altitudes; south from Bundarra district.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by E. Edgar & K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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