Fimbristylis velata R.Br.

Veiled Fringe-rush

Prodr. 227 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Small densely tufted annual. Culms compressed, 5–25 cm high, 0.5–1 mm diam. Leaves shorter than culms, ± softly hairy at least on sheaths, 0.3–1 mm wide; ligule absent. Inflorescence compound, with several to many solitary spikelets, on branches to 5 cm long; involucral bracts leaf-like, softly hairy, 1–4 shorter than to equalling inflorescence. Spikelets ovoid, angular, acute, 4–7 mm long, 1–1.5 mm diam; glumes thinly membranous, ± acute, with 3-nerved acute keel excurrent in a straight or slightly excurved mucro to 0.3 mm long, glabrous or pubescent, straw-coloured, 1.5–2 mm long; stamen 1; anther 0.2–0.3 mm long; style 2-fid, sparsely ciliate above with a basal whorl of long-whitish hairs, deflexed and closely appressed to nut and at least partially covering it in the upper half. Nut biconvex, with acute angles, obovoid, shortly stipitate, obscurely reticulate by the isodiametric epidermal cells, shining, straw-coloured, 0.6–0.8 mm long, c. 0.5 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, GipP, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, OtR, RobP, VRiv. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Asia, Malesia. Occasional on drying mud beside lakes and rivers and in seasonally wet depressions; mostly in northern Victoria, but recent collections in the south from, for example, Bairnsdale and Healesville areas.

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: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Fimbristylis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Fimbristylis velata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Fimbristylis velata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory