Agrost. Helv. 2: 152 (1811) APNI
Rhizome very short; shoots ± densely tufted. Culms erect, trigonous, smooth, 10–60 cm long, c. 1 mm diam. Leaves shorter or longer than culms, 10–50 cm long, flaccid, 2–5 mm wide, pale or yellowish green; sheath orange-brown, often faintly red-dotted, the apex concave; ligule obtuse to retuse, commonly red-dotted, appearing tubular (i.e. at the sheath apex, the margins of the leaf blade extend downwards, free from the ligular tube) at least at the base of the upper 1 or 2 leaf blades. Inflorescence erect to spreading, 7–18 cm long, with 3–5 spikes solitary at nodes; lowest involucral bracts exceeding or equalling inflorescence. Spikes pedunculate, distant, spreading at maturity, 0.5–3 cm long; uppermost spike male; lower spikes female; male glumes mucronate, 3–4 mm long, oblong-obovate, orange-brown; female glumes often mucronate, 2–4 mm long (including the mucro if present to 2.5 mm long), obovate, yellowish or pale brown with a green midrib and hyaline margin, often faintly red-dotted; utricles inserted at an angle of 75–90° to the stem axis and therefore strongly patent; utricles 3–4 mm long, c. 1.8 mm diam., obovoid to ellipsoid, few-nerved, nerves indistinct or distinct, glabrous, pale green, often red-dotted, usually obviously shiny; beak c 0.8 mm long, with apex bifid to notched; style 3-fid. Nut ellipsoid to obovoid, trigonous, pale to dark yellow-brown. Flowers spring.
*CVU, *GipP, *HSF. Native to Northwest Africa, and Eurasia. Naturalised in New Zealand. Naturalised in the Powelltown-Neerim and Trentham areas, where recorded from roadside ditches and other disturbed sites in damp to wet, tall forests.
Carex punctata is frequently confused with C. distans (see notes under C. distans). The utricle and ligule are often minutely red-dotted at maturity as in C. gunniana and C. blakei. Also resembles C. brownii (see notes under C. brownii).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||introduced|