Eleocharis plana S.T.Blake

Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensland 49: 155 (1938) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Perennial with creeping rhizome. Culms tufted, flat to slightly plano-convex, to 80 cm high, 2–4 mm diam. Spikelet narrow-cylindric, 10–20(–40) mm long; glumes acute, faintly keeled, margins broadly hyaline, straw-coloured, red-tinged to ± evenly dark red-brown, 3.5–4 mm long; hypogynous bristles 6–8, slender, flattened and broad at the base, retrorsely scabrous, about as long as nut; stamens 3; anthers 1.5–3.1 mm long; style 3-fid. Nut biconvex, with angles obtuse, obovoid, shining, bright yellow to dark brown, 1.2–1.8 mm long, c. 1 mm diam., external cells minute; style-base about half as long and wide as nut. Flowers spring–summer.

MuF, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP. Also SA, Old, NSW. Known from seasonal wetlands in the Terrick Terrick and Kerang areas, and on muddy flats of the lower Mitta Mitta River near Tallangatta.

Very close to E. acuta, differing most obviously in the naturally flattened culms.

Source: Wilson, K.L. (1994). Cyperaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2016-09-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Eleocharis
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Eleocharis plana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eleocharis plana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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