Fl. Austral. 7: 128 (1878) APNI
Tufted, shortly rhizomatous perennial. Culms erect, 2–40 cm high, each with up to 6 leaves and 1–3 cataphylls towards the base, fibrous remains of old cataphylls often persisting. Leaf-blades solid, longer or shorter than the culms and 0.3–0.8(–1) mm wide, rigid, channelled above or subterete, apex acute; auricles obtuse c. 0.5 mm long. Inflorescence of 1-several clusters of flowers terminating (or in the forks of) erect to recurved branches of variable length; clusters expanding to c. 1.6 cm diam. in fruit, with (1–)2–6(–10) flowers; primary bract exceeding the inflorescence; prophylls present. Tepals with a broad green midrib when young, margins pale membranous, strongly incurved towards the tip; outer tepals 4.5–8.5 mm long; inner distinctly shorter than the outer, acute-acuminate; stamens 3–6, anthers (0.7–)1.0(–1.3) mm long, often adhering to the apex of immature capsules. Capsules light brown or reddish-brown at maturity, ellipsoid, c. 3.5–6 mm long, usually with a short nipple-like apical projection, shorter than or rarely subequal to the tepals; seeds dark reddish-brown, almost globular, c. 0.4–0.6 mm long, with longitudinal and transverse ridges discernible at low magnification, minutely apiculate at one or both ends. Wiry Rush Flowers mostly Nov.–Mar., seeds shed mostly Dec.–Jul.
CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Apparently naturalised in New Zealand. A fairly widely distributed species of lower altitudes, occurring in damp sites in grassland, woodland and dry sclerophyll forests.
Some plants appear to have cleistogamous flowers.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|