Lepyrodia flexuosa (Benth.) L.A.S.Johnson & O.D.Evans

Twisting Scale-rush

Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 3: 224 (1963) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Monoecious herb. Stems 20–100(–200) cm long, terete or subterete, branched, flexuose on flower bearing parts, ± smooth. Sheathing leaves spaced along stem 4–35 mm long, appressed or loose (when subtending branches), striate; apex extended into a reflexed, shortly terete point (which is often broken off). Inflorescence with distal sessile clusters of flowers subtended by floral bracts 1.5–4(–7) mm long, erect, ± subcircular to broadly ovate, much shorter than the subtending branch of the inflorescence and usually shorter than the flowers, pale, loose, dry and membranous; margin translucent; apex rounded to truncate, usually terete and reflexed distally. Male and female flowers in the same inflorescence, either in separate clusters or mixed. Perianth purplish, 2.5–3 mm long, the outer whorl slightly shorter than the inner. Styles 3, usually arising close together on the ovary. Flowers Oct.–Mar.(–Apr.).

CVU, Gold, GGr, Wim. Occurs in moist peaty soils or at margins of small creeks.

Large plants usually have a scrambling habit.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Restionaceae. 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: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
genus Lepyrodia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lepyrodia flexuosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepyrodia flexuosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native

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