Lepidobolus drapetocoleus F.Muell.

Scale Shedder

Fragm. 8: 84 (1873) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems up to c. 30 cm long, loosely flexuose. Rhizomes thick, woolly. Sheathing leaves 10–15 mm long, brown, paler towards margin, inner surface pale and shinning, loose, soon falling and lying at base of plant; apex subulate. Male spikelets (3–)5–7 mm long. Male flowers with 5 or 6 perianth parts; anthers exserted on slender filaments. Female spikelets 5–10 mm long; floral bracts tightly overlapping, longer than those of male spikelets, with divergent, black subulate apex. Style exserted and straight to curved. Flowers Oct.–Dec.(–Jul.).

CVU, DunT, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA. Confined to western Victoria, mostly in the drier, inland sandy heath-lands.

The male inflorescences are frequently affected by smuts, such that they are greatly enlarged, usually sterile and the floral bracts are modified to look superficially like fruits. The subulate apex of the bract resembles a persistent curved style base.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Restionaceae. 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: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
genus Lepidobolus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lepidobolus drapetocoleus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidobolus drapetocoleus 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
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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South Australia