Apodasmia brownii (Hook.f.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johson

Coarse Twine-rush

Telopea 7: 371 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome shortly creeping, hairy, woolly near imbricate scales which are dry and membranous. Stems 30–100 cm long, erect, straight, unbranched, greyish-green. Sheathing leaves 5–7 mm long, light brown to greyish, closely appressed, striate; margin very narrowly membranous; apex obtuse or acuminate (often abruptly acuminate), soon eroded with midvein persistent. Floral bracts as for sheathing leaves; apex acutely acuminate. Male inflorescences arising from the distal axils of sheathing leaves, slightly drooping and panicle-like. Male spikelets 5–15 mm long, immature spikelets narrower and sometimes longer than mature spikelets. Male flowers with staminal filaments almost as long as anthers; anthers not or just exserted. Female inflorescence arising from the distal axils of sheathing leaves, racemose or narrowly panicle-like. Female spikelets almost sessile, 5–15 mm long. Female flowers with perianth longer than ovary, the outer perianth parts acuminate, the inner perianth parts smaller and thicker; style branches free on distal half, exserted and straight to slightly recurved or spreading. Flowers throughout year, mainly Sep.–Feb.

Brid, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, LoM, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Widespread in Victoria in sandy soils of heathlands. Often tolerating saline conditions.

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 (as Leptocarpus brownii Hook.f.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
genus Apodasmia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Apodasmia brownii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Apodasmia brownii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia