Chorizandra australis K.L.Wilson

Telopea 5: 594 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Perennial with tough rhizome. Culms 90–220 cm high, 4–9 mm diam., unitubular, sometimes pluritubular near base, transverse septa occasionally obvious externally near apex, yellow-green, longitudinally striate but not warty. Inner leaf-blades much shorter and more slender than culms, unitubular; sheaths loose, pale brown to purplish, to 38 cm long. Inflorescence globose to hemispherical, 10–18 mm diam., with numerous pseudospikelets; core globose to hemispherical. Involucral bract to 20 cm long, unitubular; base hyaline to yellow-chartaceous, not or occasionally slightly red-dotted, not enlarged or sheathing inflorescence. Pseudospikelets with 14–16 glumes, 8–13 stamens; glumes spathulate to ligulate, mostly ± keeled near apex, ± erose, dark red-brown towards apex, glabrous, 5.0–6.0 mm long; apex acute to obtuse, rather praemorse. Nut with 6–8 complete longitudinal ridges and fainter secondary longitudinal and transverse ridges, pale red-brown to grey-brown, 3–4.5 mm long, 2.0–2.7 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also Tas, SA. In swamps and around waterholes. Previously confused with C. cymbaria.

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 Chorizandra
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chorizandra australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chorizandra australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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South Australia
New South Wales