Heterozostera nigricaulis J.Kuo

Aquatic Bot. 81: 110 (2005) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizomes 0.5–3 mm diam.; fibrous bundles in outer and inner cortex. Branches erect or generative, erect branches indeterminate, black, wiry. Leaf sheath 1–6 cm long. Leaves 2–5 per shoot, 3.5–16.0 cm long, 0.5–2.0 mm wide; apex obtuse with distinct V-shaped notch; epidermal cell surface colliculate. Spathes inconspicuous, hidden among leaf clusters, up to 6 per branch. Spadix with 2–5 triangular bracts, each enclosing an anther, 0.5–1.0 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Feb.

GipP, OtP. Forms large meadows in shallow coastal waters to a depth of c. 15 m.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-08-05
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-15
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
family Zosteraceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Heterozostera nigricaulis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Heterozostera nigricaulis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native

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