Fl. Austral. 5: 172 (1870) APNI
Erect or decumbent perennial, to c. 1 m high, chiefly dioecious. Leaves narrowly elliptic to ovate or obovate, 10–30 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, margins entire, flat or incurved, rarely conduplicate, surfaces scaly grey-green. Male plants with flowers clustered into continuous or interrupted, simple or branched spikes. Female plants with flowers clustered in axils of upper leaves. Fruiting bracteoles sessile, free or fused to about midway, grey, ovate-triangular, rhombic, pentangular or almost circular, 3–12 mm long and wide, thin and appressed, usually with inflated, spongy dorsal appendages, but sometimes absent from one or both valves.
LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP.
8 subspecies described, 3 recorded for Victoria. The distinctions between them, at least in Victorian material, are not always clear-cut.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||cultivated|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|