Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, dioecious herbs. Rhizome hard, creeping or tufted. Stems ± erect, subterete or terete, greenish, branched or unbranched. Leaves reduced to persistent sheathing bracts. Male and female inflorescences dissimilar. Male spikelets many-flowered, spikelets arranged in a branched inflorescence. Female spikelets simple, 1–many-flowered. Floral bracts imbricate, glume-like, several, dark brown, with membranous margin. Perianth (4–)5–6, unequal, the 2 outer slightly longer and keeled. Female flowers with 3 small staminodes or staminodes absent; ovary unilocular; style with (2–)3 branches. Fruit a small ovoid nut.

About 16species occurring in Australia, 1 in Victoria.

The classification of Leptocarpus has recently changed to include Meeboldina Suessenguth and Stenotalis B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson (Briggs 2014).

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Restionaceae. 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: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-21

Briggs, B.G. (2014). Leptocarpus (Restionaceae) enlarged to include Meeboldina and Stenotalis, with new Western Australian species and subgenera. , Telopea 16: 19-41.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
Higher taxa
genus Leptocarpus
Subordinate taxa