Chorizandra sphaerocephala R.Br.

Prodr. 221 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Perennial with tough rhizome. Culms to 110 cm high, 2–6 mm diam., unitubular, transverse septa usually obvious externally, yellow-green, longitudinally striate but not warty. Inner leaf-blades usually much shorter and more slender than culms, pluritubular; sheaths loose, pallid to orange-brown, to 20 cm long. Inflorescence ± globose, 7–12 mm diam., with numerous pseudospikelets; core conical. Involucral bract to 10 cm long, pluritubular; base not enlarged and not sheathing inflorescence. Pseudospikelets with 11–18 glumes, c. 8–15 stamens; glumes spathulate to ligulate, dark red-brown and ± densely red-hairy towards apex, with midrib thickened and ± keeled towards apex, 3.5–4 mm long; apex irregularly toothed, acute or 3-fid with mucro to 0.7 mm long. Nut with 6 complete and 6 partial longitudinal ridges, grey-brown, 1.7–2 mm long, 1.0–1.3 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

EGL, EGU. Also Qld, NSW. Known only from wet heathy sites in the far east between Cann River and Mallacoota.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Chorizandra
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chorizandra sphaerocephala in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chorizandra sphaerocephala in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory