Tetraria capillaris (F.Muell.) J.M.Black


Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 58: 169 (1934) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Loosely tufted perennial with slender rhizome. Culms terete, 1-grooved, smooth, 18–60 cm high, 0.3–1 mm diam. Leaf-blades filiform, less than 1 cm long, base of blade puberulous; sheath reddish to straw-coloured, striate, papillose between striations, glistening; ligule membranous. Inflorescence a single spikelet or up to 9 pedicellate spikelets in a loose cluster, nodding or erect, 0.5–4 cm long; involucral bract shorter than to as long as inflorescence. Spikelets terete, usually 1-flowered, rarely with 2 or 3 flowers, 4–6 mm long; glumes long-acute to mucronate, subdistichous, glabrous or finely ciliate near apex, mixed red-brown and straw-coloured to greyish with age; lowest 2 or 3 glumes empty, about half length of upper glumes; upper 2–4 glumes 3.5–4 mm long; hypogynous bristles absent or 4, to 1.5 mm long, flattened to filiform, remaining with inflorescence; style 3-fid; style-base persistent, conical, hispidulous, as long as or slightly exceeding body of nut. Nut ± terete, obovoid to ellipsoid, minutely wrinkled or reticulate, straw-coloured, ± dull, usually 3-ribbed, with 3 or 4 small disk-like thickenings at base, 1.8–2.5 mm long, 1.0–1.5 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. In moist heathlands and heathy woodlands, usually on light sandy soils.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Tetraria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Tetraria capillaris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tetraria capillaris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory