Sporadanthus caudatus (L.A.S.Johnson & O.D.Evans) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Lepyrodia caudata L.A.S.Johnson & O.D.Evans APNI*
Description: Dioecious perennial herb; rhizome creeping.
Culms up to 5 mm diam. at the base, widely spaced (often 2–2.5 c. apart) on the rhizome, 55–200 cm high, erect or scrambling, surface mostly smooth. At least some of the sheaths on the culms closely appressed; sheaths at the base of the culm up to 10 cm long, those on the upper portion of the culm smooth, minutely pitted with transverse rows of stomata. Apex of secondary bracts and of glumes often attenuated and filiform.
Inflorescence a short terminal panicle, 2–10 cm long; flowers closely crowded on the lateral branches; sessile or shortly pedicellate. Outer and inner tepals similar, ± equal in length 2.5–4 mm long or the outer slightly longer, whitish or straw-coloured.
Fruit c. 1.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: in wet peaty soil or sandy soil along creek banks or swamps; north from Newcastle.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs (1993); edited KL Wilson (Oct 2012)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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