Pauridia glabella var. glabella

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Glabrous herbs to c. 25 cm high; corms less than 1 cm long, with a fibrous tunic. Roots fleshy. Leaves linear, angular to subulate, 2–25 cm long, c. 0.5–1 mm wide. Inflorescences 1–4, 2.5–20 cm long, bracteoles 2, narrow-linear, 2–18 mm long. Flowers 1 or 2 per inflorescence, 5–7 mm wide; perianth lobes spreading; stamens shorter than the perianth, alternating long and short; ovary 1–3 locular, 2.5–-7 mm long. Capsule ellipsoid, 3–7 mm long; seeds numerous, 0.5–1 mm diam.  Flowers Jul.–Sep.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Widespread through grassland, low grassy forests and in ephemeral herbfields (e.g. on periodically inundated, but otherwise dry soils) throughout most of lowland western and northern Victoria, but virtually absent from the east, with isolated occurrences at Mitcham, Jamieson and Murrindal near Buchan.

Pauridia glabella var. leptantha (Benth.) R.J.F. Hend. is endemic in south-western WA and differs only slightly from the typical in the relatively longer mature capsule (at least 4 times as long as wide; cf. up to c. 3.5 times as long as wide in var. glabella).

Plants are sometimes observed setting seed without the flowers opening, suggesting apomixy or cleistogamy. 

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-12-15
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-03
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pauridia glabella var. glabella in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pauridia glabella var. glabella in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales