Telopea 5: 619 (1994) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|