Lepidosperma curtisiae K.L.Wilson & D.I.Morris

Telopea 5: 423 (1993) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small tufted perennial with very short rhizome. Culms rigid, erect, ± convex on one face, flat on the other, ± striate, glabrous, smooth, 2–17(–25) cm high, 0.7–1.7 mm wide; margins minutely scabrous. Leaf-blades similar in form to culms, but usually more flattened and much longer (to twice as long as culms), 0.7–2 mm wide; sheaths straw-coloured above, dark yellow-brown at base, not viscid, ± dull. Inflorescence narrow-ovate to oblong in outline, 1–5 cm long, 0.5–1 cm diam.; involucral bract usually shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets few, 4.5–6 mm long; glumes 4–7, acute to long-acute, mostly mucronate, scaberulous, red-brown, the 2 or 3 lowest empty, shorter than fertile glumes, which are 4.0–5.5 mm long; hypogynous scales 6, yellowish, c. one-third length of nut. Nut ovoid to narrow-ellipsoid, grey-green to dark brown, smooth, shining, 2.5–3.5 mm long, 1.3–1.5 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Often in short alpine or subalpine heaths in exposed situations, but also in lowland heaths, woodlands and grasslands.

As in the related Lepidosperma inops of Tasmania, the leaves are often twice as long or more than the short culms.

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: Neville Walsh, 2019-10-18
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Lepidosperma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lepidosperma curtisiae in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidosperma curtisiae in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory