Fl. Austral. 7: 215 (1878) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|