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Schoenoplectiella mucronata (L.) J.Jung & H.K.Choi
Family Cyperaceae
Schoenoplectiella mucronata (L.) J.Jung & H.K.Choi APNI*

Synonyms: Schoenoplectus mucronatus (L.) Palla ex A.Kern. APNI*
Scirpus mucronatus L. APNI*
Schoenoplectiella triangulata (Roxb.) J.Jung & H.K.Choi APNI*

Description: Rhizomatous perennial. Culms triquetrous, 50–100 cm high, 2–8 mm diam.

Leaves reduced.

Inflorescence head-like, with 3–25 spikelets, or occasionally proliferating and with a few pedunculate spikelets; involucral bract 1–10 cm long, c. twice as long as inflorescence. Spikelets oblong-ovoid, acute, 10–20 mm long, 4–6 mm diam. Glumes acute, mucronate, 3.5–4 mm long, striate, glabrous, pale red-brown to pale yellow-brown. Hypogynous bristles 5 or 6, retrorsely scabrous, unequal, slightly longer than nut. Style 3- (or 2)-fid.

Nut broad-obovoid, plano-convex or trigonous with indistinct dorsal angle, 1.7–2.2 mm long, 1.5–2 mm diam., slightly rugulose to smooth, dark brown to black, shining.

Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Scattered, north from Batemans Bay region and west to the eastern edge of NWS and also near Griffith. Scattered, north from Batemans Bay region and west to the eastern edge of NWS and also near Griffith.

Grows in streams and other damp situations.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, ST, NWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (April 2014; Nov 2015; Sept 2016)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993) as Schoenoplectus mucronatus

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***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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