Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Palla

Verh. K. K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 38, Sitzb.: 49 (1888) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tall, rhizomatous perennial. Culms terete, mostly 100–200 cm high, 3–10 mm diam. Leaves reduced, rarely with a blade to 10 cm long. Inflorescence umbel-like, with branches 1–8 cm long, scabrous, with 1–4 spikelets per branch; involucral bract much shorter than inflorescence, 2–5 cm long. Spikelets oblong-ovoid, acute, 5–11 mm long, 4–5 mm diam; glumes recuse, very shortly mucronate, with ciliate margins, red-brown, 3–4 mm long. Hypogynous bristles retrorsely scabrous, slightly longer than or equalling nut; style 2(–3)-fid. Nut obovoid, plano-convex, smooth, shining, grey-brown to dark brown, 2–2.5 mm long, 1.2–1.5 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, MSB, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Widespread and locally common in the lowlands, fringing fresh and brackish rivers, lakes and open swamps, bases often submerged.

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 (as Schoenoplectus validus (Vahl) A. & D.Löve).
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains 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
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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