Empodisma minus (Hook.f.) L.A.S.Johnson & D.F.Cutler

Spreading Rope-rush

Kew Bull. 28: 383 (1973) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems 20–200 cm long, loosely flexuose. Rhizome slender and hairy, not woolly. Sheathing leaves 3–10 mm long, greenish, closely appressed, usually with woolly hairs near apex; apex 1–5 mm long, divergent or reflexed, subulate. Floral bracts as for sheathing leaves, usually slightly longer than the flower. Male spikelets 4–8 mm long, solitary and sessile, or 2 together and then 1 sessile and 1 on a short pedicel. Male flowers with 6 perianth parts; anthers exserted on slender filaments. Female spikelets 4–8 mm long; floral bracts tightly inrolled. Female flowers with 4–6 perianth parts; style exserted and recoiled. Nut smooth Flowers (Aug.–) Oct.–Feb.(–Mar.).

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. New Zealand. Common in heath-land swamps, wet creek banks and bogs, from lowlands to high alpine regions.

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 Empodisma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Empodisma minus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Empodisma minus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory