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Schoenus moorei Benth.
Family Cyperaceae
Schoenus moorei Benth. APNI*

Description: Tufted perennial.

Culms erect, rigid, scabrous, terete, striate, nodeless, 7–22 cm long, 0.5–1.3 mm diam.

Leaves with blade to 18 cm long, mostly rather curly; sheath yellow-brown to dark brown, scabrous, ± shining; mouth hyaline, glabrous or slightly ciliate with margins overlapping; ligule absent. Inflorescence erect, narrow, 3–10 cm long, with spikelets clustered at 2–5 nodes; lowest involucral bract to 12 cm long. Spikelets ovate, acute, 2–4-flowered, 5–12 mm long. Glumes 3–5, lowest 1 or 2 empty, narrow-ovate, acute, yellow-brown to dark red-brown, ± dull, with glabrous or ciliate margins, midvein occasionally ciliolate; fertile glumes 5–10 mm long. Bristles absent or several minute. Stamens 3; anthers 2.1–4.0 mm long..

Nut trigonous, obpyriform to obovoid, 1.0–1.8 mm long, 0.8–1.0 mm diam., 3-ribbed, transversely wrinkled, hairy, glistening, whitish to straw-coloured to dark brown.

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Northern inland populations near Torrington, Narrabri and Lees Pinch; coastal areas south from Hawkesbury R., inland to Blue Mountains and eastern ranges of Southern Tablelands. Also in Qld and possibly in NE Victoria.

Grows in heath, on sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: ?Vic. Qld
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (Aug 2020)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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***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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