Sporadanthus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, dioecious, herbs. Rhizome creeping or tufted. Stems scrambling (Victoria), ± terete, green, minutely warty or smooth, branched; hollow portion of stem pith triangular in section. Leaves reduced to sheathing bracts, 10–20 mm long (Victoria). Inflorescence axillary, sexes similar, made up of several clusters of flowers. Flowers not in definite spikelets, each subtended by 1 or 2 floral bracts; perianth of 6 glume-like bracts, longer than floral bracts. Male flowers with inner whorl of perianth longer than outer. Female flowers with 3 staminodes; ovary 3-locular and 3-angled; styles 3. Fruit a capsule.

7 species in Australia and New Zealand, 6 endemic to Australia, 1 in Victoria. 

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-08-25
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
Higher taxa
genus Sporadanthus
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