Contrib. Natl Herb. New South Wales 4: 378 (1973) APNI
Slender perennial with long slender rhizome. Culms trigonous, smooth, to 50 cm high, c. 1 mm diam. Leaves not septate-nodulose, shorter than culms, 2–3 mm wide. Inflorescence head-like, globose, always solitary, 4–7 mm diam.; involucral bracts leaf-like, 2–4 exceeding inflorescence. Spikelets flattened, from very few to 50 per head, c. 3 mm long, c 1 mm diam., 1–2-flowered, falling as unit; glumes short-mucronate, with smooth or slightly toothed keel, with sides several-nerved, whitish to pale brown, often tinged golden, 2–3.5 mm long; stamens (2–)3. Nut biconvex, obovate, pale brown, c. one-half as long as glume, 1–1.3 mm long, 0.7–0.8 mm wide. Flowers spring–summer.
CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, VAlp, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW. Usually in undisturbed damp habitats (often grassy woodland), mostly scattered in the east, but with a few occurrences in the Castlemaine-Bendigo area.
Similar to C. brevifolius but usually taller with inflorescences having fewer spikelets, the keel of the glumes usually smooth, and the stamens 3 or occasionally 2 in number.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|