Lepidobolus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, dioecious herbs. Rhizomes creeping. Stems yellowish-green, thin and wiry, unbranched, slightly flexuose. Leaves reduced to very deciduous sheathing bracts leaving distinct dark annular scars. Male and female inflorescences dissimilar; male inflorescence subglobular; female inflorescence cylindric. Male spikelets terminal, solitary, many-flowered and subtended by a few glume-like floral bracts. Male flowers subtended by 1 glume-like floral bract, with 5 or 6 membranous (glume-like) perianth parts. Female spikelets in distal axils of leaves, sessile, solitary, 1- or 2-flowered and subtended by 1–3 glume-like floral bracts. Female flowers with 3–6 perianth parts; staminodes absent; ovary unilocular; style unbranched. Fruit a small ovoid nut.

9 species endemic in Australia; 1 species in Victoria.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Restionaceae. 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 Restionaceae
Higher taxa
genus Lepidobolus
Subordinate taxa