Fragm. 8: 257 (1874) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Rhizome short; shoots densely tufted. Culms erect, triquetrous, smooth or scabrous, 30–45 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm diam. Leaves exceeding culms, to 10 mm wide, septate-nodulose (obvious when dried); sheath pale brown, often tinged red-brown; ligule acute. Inflorescence narrow, erect, 17–20 cm long, with spikes solitary at nodes; lowest involucral bracts exceeding inflorescence. Spikes sessile or short-pedunculate, distant, erect to spreading at maturity, 3–5 cm long; upper 1–4 spikes entirely male or rarely uppermost spike with female flowers above; lower spikes entirely female or with male flowers above; male glumes obtuse, hyaline and erose, pale brown, often tinged red-brown; female glumes acuminate to obtuse, often shortly mucronate, green tinged red-brown, with irregularly hyaline margins, 4–6 mm long; utricles 4–6 mm long, 1.5–2 mm diam., ovoid, strongly but irregularly few-nerved, glabrous, green, with beak 0.7–1.5 mm long, with apex notched or bifid and often minutely hispid; style 3-fid. Nut obovoid, trigonous, pale yellow. Flowers summer.
GipP, HSF, VAlp. Endemic in Victoria where occurring in mountain gullies and swamps between Gembrook, Alexandra and Erica, but often locally rather common.
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