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Schoenus evansianus K.L.Wilson
Family Cyperaceae
Schoenus evansianus K.L.Wilson APNI*

Description: Small, tufted, shortly rhizomatous perennial.

Culms very slender, erect, smooth, striate, nodeless, 4–12 cm long, 0.2–0.4 mm diam.

Leaves with blade to 12 (rarely to 23) cm long; sheath red-brown to straw-coloured, striate, ± shining; mouth glabrous; ligule present. Inflorescence consisting of 1–4 spikelets in 1 or 2 clusters, 1–4 cm long; lowest involucral bract to 5 cm long. Spikelets narrow-ovate, acute, 1- or 2-flowered, 3.5–5.5 mm long. Glumes 4–6, lowest 2–4 empty, narrow-ovate, acute, straw-coloured to red-brown, ± shining, with glabrous margins; fertile glumes 3.0–4.0 mm long. Bristles 6, not plumose, about as long as nut. Stamens 3; anthers 1.5–2.0 mm long.

Nut trigonous, ellipsoid, 1.2–1.4 mm long, 0.4–0.7 mm diam., prominently 3-ribbed, minutely reticulate, glistening or shining, whitish with hispidulous red-brown apex or evenly red-brown.

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in damp places around sandstone outcrops in the Blue Mtns south to the Budawang Ra.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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