Eriocaulon australasicum (F.Muell.) Körn.

Austral Pipewort

Linnaea 27: 616 (1856) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Leaves 20–50 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide. Inflorescence ovoid to subglobose, 3–4 mm diam., with outer whorls of female flowers and inner whorls of male flowers. Bracts glabrous; outer bracts ± narrowly ovate; inner bracts ± linear. Male flowers pedicellate, with perianth glabrous; outer perianth lobes 3, oblong-spathulate, cohering at base; inner perianth fused into a 3-lobed tube. Female flowers with perianth absent. Ovary sessile, but appearing shortly and distinctly pedicellate because perianth absent. Flowers Dec. and Mar.

DunT, LoM, MuF, RobP, Wim. Also ?SA, NSW. Known only from a small number of collections - from along the Murray River, towards the junction with the Murrumbidgee River (1853), and more recently, from the south-west near Edenhope and near Cavendish. Aquatic, in shallow 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 australasicum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eriocaulon australasicum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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New South Wales