Schoenus lepidosperma (F.Muell.) K.L.Wilson

Telopea 5: 619 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, tufted or with short rhizome. Culms erect to lax, rigid, terete, deeply grooved, nodeless, 10–60 cm high, 0.3–1.2 mm diam. Leaves with blade to 0.4 cm long; sheath partly red-brown, partly straw-coloured, smooth to striate, ± shining; mouth glabrous; ligule present. Inflorescence of 1(–3) spikelets, c. 2 cm long; lowest involucral bract 0.1–0.2 cm long. Spikelets narrow-ovate, acute, 1–3-flowered, 8–22 mm long; glumes 5–8, lowest 3–5 empty, acute, straw-coloured to red-brown or blackish, evenly coloured or patchy, ± shining, with margins usually ciliate at apex and glabrous below; fertile glumes 8–16 mm long; hypogynous bristles 6, scale-like, shorter than nut. Nut ± cylindric, with stipe, not or scarcely 3-ribbed, smooth or finely reticulate, glabrous, dull to glistening, whitish to very dark brown to blackish, 3.1–5 mm long, 1.8–2.5 mm diam.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim.

There are 2 subspecies.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-28
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Schoenus lepidosperma in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Schoenus lepidosperma in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory