Lepyrodia muelleri Benth.

Common Scale-rush

Fl. Austral. 7: 215 (1878) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Monecious or dioecious herb. Stems 40–70 cm long, terete, unbranched or occasionally branched, ± smooth. Sheathing leaves spaced along stem, 10–30(–50) mm long, striate; apex often extended and terete. Inflorescence with shortly pedicellate clusters of flowers subtended by floral bracts 8–16(–18) mm long, erect, narrowly ovate, often much longer than the subtending branch of the inflorescence, greyish brown, ± appressed or loose, dry and membranous; margin translucent; apex acute to acuminate, often terete distally; flowers either all of one sex, or the basal flowers female and the distal ones male. Perianth straw-coloured, 1.7–2.5(–3) mm long, the inner and outer parts ± equal or the outer slightly longer. Styles 3, usually arising close together on the ovary. Flowers Sep.–Jan.(–Apr.).

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, OtP, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Common on poor sandy soils in heathlands and swampy areas.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
genus Lepyrodia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory