Machaerina planifolia (Benth.) K.L.Wilson

Telopea 18 18: 130 (2015)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial with long rhizome. Culms rigid, oval to nearly flat, nodeless or rarely 1-noded, striate, glabrous, scabrous to smooth, mostly 15–80 (rarely to c. 150) cm high, 1.2–4.0 mm diam. Leaves basal; blade flat or narrow-rhomboid in cross-section, strongly scabrous, broader and shorter than culms, to 6.5 mm wide; sheath pale brown, dull. Inflorescence ovate to oblong in outline, erect, 4–14 cm long, 1–3.5 cm diam.; lowest involucral bract much shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets numerous, 1-flowered, 3.5–4.5 mm long; glumes 3 or 4, long-acute with apex often excurved, unevenly coloured pale to mid-red-brown (rarely darker), margins glabrous or sparsely ciliate; fertile glumes 3.0–3.8 mm long. Nut ovoid to ellipsoid, with irregular coarse reticulations or ridges, ± minutely white-papillose between ridges, minutely hispid or papillose at apex, pale to dark brown, 1.7–2.0 mm long, 0.8–1.1 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, GGr, HNF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. Near swamps and mountain streams in cool, elevated areas (e.g. Strathbogie Ranges, Whitfield, Shelley, Burrowa, Benambra, Grampians, Wulgulmerang districts).

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 (as Baumea planifolia (Benth.) K.L.Wilson).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-06-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Machaerina
Higher taxa


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