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Schoenus lepidosperma (F.Muell.) K.L.Wilson
Family Cyperaceae
Schoenus lepidosperma (F.Muell.) K.L.Wilson APNI*

Synonyms: Schoenus lepidosperma (F.Muell.) K.L.Wilson subsp. lepidosperma APNI*

Description: Perennial, with short rhizome. Culms erect, rigid, terete, deeply grooved, nodeless, slender, 10–60 cm long, 0.3–0.5 mm diam.

Leaves with blade to 0.4 cm long; sheath partly red-brown, partly straw-coloured, smooth to striate, ± shining; mouth glabrous; ligule present.

Inflorescence of 1[–3] spikelets, c. 2 cm long; lowest involucral bract 0.1–0.2 cm long. Spikelets narrow-ovate, acute, 1–3-flowered, 8–11(-14) mm long. Glumes 5–8, lowest 3–5 empty, ovate to narrow-ovate, acute, straw-coloured to red-brown or blackish, evenly coloured or patchy, ± shining, with margins usually ciliate at apex and glabrous below; fertile glumes 8–11 mm long. Hypogynous scales 6, acute to acuminate, narrow, reaching a third to half the way up body of nut Stamens 3; anthers 3.3–4.5 mm long excluding apical appendage 0.3–0.5 mm long.

Nut ± cylindrical with stipe, 3.1–5 mm long, 1.8–2.5 mm diam., not or scarcely 3-ribbed, smooth or finely reticulate, glabrous, dull to glistening, whitish to very dark brown to blackish.

Photo Karen L Wilson

Photo Karen L Wilson

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: From Ulladulla south along the coast; also in Vic, Tas, SA.

Grows in damp areas in heath or woodland.
NSW subdivisions: SC
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (July 2006, June 2013, Sept 2022)
Taxon concept: KL Wilson Flora of NSW vol 4 (1993)

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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