Sporadanthus gracilis (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Lepyrodia gracilis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Dioecious perennial herb; rhizome shortly creeping.
Culms c. 30–150 cm high, c. 1–2 mm diam., with few to many branches, surface smooth and glabrous, erect to sprawling. Cauline sheaths closely appressed except where subtending a branch, up to c. 30 mm long, apex usually weathered.
Inflorescence terminal, panicle-like, mostly erect though males sometimes slightly flexuous, c. 3.5–10 cm long; male and female flowers similar. Bracts and glumes very thin, soon breaking up, inconspicuous. Outer tepals shorter than the inner, not exceeding 2.3 mm long; inner tepals reddish when fresh to 2.7 mm long.
Fruit 1.7–3.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: in wet sandy soil and margins of swamps; chiefly from the Sydney district to Blackheath and the Budawang Range.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Text by A. L. Quirico & B. G. Briggs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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