Eleocharis macbarronii K.L.Wilson

Telopea 5: 599 (1994)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Tufted perennial, with small ovoid tubers, occasionally proliferating. Culms terete, smooth or grooved, 25–75 cm high, 0.8–1.5 mm diam. Spikelet cylindric, 5–18 mm long; glumes acute to obtuse, with indistinct midrib, pale straw-coloured, margins hyaline, to 3.5 mm long; hypogynous bristles absent; stamens 3; anthers 1–2.5 mm long; style 3-fid. Nut turgidly biconvex to terete, obpyriform to broad-obovoid, narrowed to neck, with c. 8–15 prominent longitudinal ridges and transversely elongated cells on each face, yellow-brown, tinged very dark brown, 1.2–1.5 mm long, 0.7–1 mm diam.; style-base c. one-sixth as long and one-half as wide as nut. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also Qld, NSW. Scattered in the west (e.g. Natimuk, Kaniva, Mortlake and Keilor areas) and north (near Stanhope) where usually occurring along drainage lines in areas of heavy, often clayey soils, sometimes partly submerged.

Like E. atricha, this species commonly does not produce viable seed, persisting through dry spells by the small tubers, and spreading in the growing season by rhizomes and proliferation of inflorescences.

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.
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Eleocharis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Eleocharis macbarronii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eleocharis macbarronii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales