Centrolepis polygyna (R.Br.) Hieron.

Wiry Centrolepis

Abh. Naturf. Ges. Halle 12: 210 (1873) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leaves 2.5–12 mm long, ± recurved, glabrous. Inflorescence borne on an axis (5–)15–45 mm long, hence flowers held above the leaves, except axis up to c. 5 mm long and sometimes included amongst the leaves in depauperate plants; bracts glabrous. Lower bract with a broad brown, papery basal sheath 3–4 mm long, abruptly narrowed into a terete (very fine), ± recurved lamina (3–)5–8(–10) mm long. Upper bract 3–4 mm long, sheathing at base, broad, brown and papery; lamina not distinct from sheath; apex acute. Inflorescence units 1 per head-like cluster. Stamens 1, fused at base to each axis bearing carpels. Carpels 6–14 in subopposite pairs; styles c. 1.5 mm long, fused together at base only. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec., less commonly to Mar.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states. Locally common on damp, clayey or sandy and often saline soils.

The reduced form of this species is difficult to distinguish from C. cephaloformis. However, C. polygyna has a narrower head-like inflorescence, bracts which become brown, and its habit is never compact like that of C. cephaloformis.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Centrolepidaceae. 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 Centrolepis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Centrolepis polygyna in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Centrolepis polygyna in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains 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
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales