Eleocharis pusilla R.Br.

Small Spike-rush

Prodr. 225 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small tufted perennial with slender rhizome. Culms filiform, 2–15(–30) cm high, c. 0.5 mm diam. Spikelet ovoid, 2–7 mm long; glumes acute to obtuse, usually dark red-brown to blackish, 1.7–2.7 mm long; hypogynous bristles few, very slender, small or absent; stamens 3; anthers 0.9–1.6 mm long; style 3-fid. Nut obscurely trigonous, narrow-obovoid, acute or with very small neck with style-base enveloping apex, each face with 3 or 4 vertical ribs, the cells between the ribs transversely elongate, rather glistening, straw-coloured, 0.7–1.1 mm long, 0.4–0.6 mm diam.; style-base very small, c. one-quarter as long as and from one-third to one-half as wide as nut. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. All States. New Zealand. Widespread in moist situations almost throughout lowland Victoria.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Eleocharis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Eleocharis pusilla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eleocharis pusilla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
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
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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Northern Territory
South Australia
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Australian Capital Territory