Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 58: 169 (1934) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|