Isolepis levynsiana Muasya & D.A.Simpson

Novon 17: 59 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Dwarf tufted annual. Culms filiform, trigonous to compressed, 1–8 cm high. Leaves filiform, to 8 cm long, not septate-nodulose, shorter than culms. Inflorescence a pseudolateral, digitate cluster of 1–4 sessile spikelets; involucral bracts leaf-like, 1 erect and shorter or longer than inflorescence. Spikelets flattened, 4–8 mm long, 2–2.5 mm broad, 4–20-flowered; rachilla not winged, persistent; glumes obtuse or shortly acuminate, with sides 2–5-nerved, greenish to pale brown, often tinged red-brown, 1.5–1.7 mm long; stamens 1–3; style 3-fid. Nut triquetrous, ellipsoid to obovoid, minutely reticulate to minutely verrucose, pale to mid-brown, from one-half to two-thirds as long as glume, 0.8–1.0 mm long, 0.6–0.7 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *RobP, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Southern Africa. In seasonally damp open situations, usually associated with other small annuals both native and naturalized.

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 (as Cyperus tenellus L.f).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-06-27
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Isolepis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Isolepis levynsiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Isolepis levynsiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory