Eriocaulon scariosum Sm.

Pale Pipewort

in Rees, Cycl. 13 , non R. Br. (1810) (1809) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Leaves 15–80 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide. Inflorescence hemispherical to globose, 4–6 mm diam., a mixture of male and female flowers, or sometimes predominantly male or female. Bracts with inner surface glabrous; outer bracts obovate, concave, scarious, soon ± concealed on older inflorescences, outer surface glabrous; inner bracts obovate to spathulate, concave, greyish, outer surface with short white hairs on distal abaxial surface. Male and female perianth hairy (as for bracts). Male flowers stipitate; outer perianth lobes 3, one lobe linear, other lobes oblong-spathulate, sometimes connate at margins; inner perianth lobes 3, minute, appressed to stamens. Female flowers with outer perianth lobes 2 or 3, irregular, one linear or absent, other 2 lobes oblong-spathulate, dark brown-black; inner perianth lobes 3, inserted more distally on floral axis, narrowly oblong-spathulate, white, densely hairy on both surfaces. Ovary sessile. Flowers Jan.–Jun.

CVU, EGL, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Occurs in bog communities and drainage areas, often in running water.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Eriocaulaceae. 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
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Eriocaulaceae
genus Eriocaulon
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eriocaulon scariosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eriocaulon scariosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory