Eleocharis atricha R.Br.

Prodr. 225 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender tufted perennial, with slender rhizomes bearing ovoid tubers to c. 5 mm long and 2.5 mm diam. Culms angular-grooved, 3–40 cm high, 0.5–1.3 mm diam. Spikelet narrow-ovoid to linear, often proliferating, 10–20 mm long; glumes obtuse, narrowly keeled, red-brown, 3–5 mm long; hypogynous bristles absent; stamens 3; anthers 1.5–2.6 mm; style 3-fid. Nut obscurely trigonous, narrow-obovoid, narrowed into a short neck, prominently longitudinally ribbed, the external cells transversely linear to oblong in 4–6 vertical rows on each face, straw-coloured, 1.3–1.5 mm long, c. 0.7 mm diam.; style-base from one-sixth to one-quarter as long as and from three-quarters to four-fifths as wide as nut. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Widespread in swamps and seasonally wet situations, in heathland and woodland, mostly on sandy soils. This species rarely sets fruit. It spreads by proliferating from the spikelet or producing tubers.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Eleocharis
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory