Linnaea 38: 325 (1874) APNI
Slender tufted perennial with short rhizome. Culms rigid, erect, biconvex or rarely flattened on 1 face, glabrous, smooth, 15–40 cm high, 1–2.5 mm wide; margins smooth to scabrous. Leaf-blades similar in form to culms but shorter, 1–2.5 mm wide; sheath mostly straw-coloured or with dark brown base or occasionally mostly reddish, not viscid, ± shining. Inflorescence ± linear in outline, narrow, erect, 2–8 cm long, 0.5–1 cm diam.; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets few, 3.5–5.5 mm long; glumes 4–7, minutely scabrous near apex, red-brown, the 2 or 3 lowest empty, shorter than fertile glumes, acute, mucronate; fertile glumes 2.5–4.5 mm long, long-acute; hypogynous scales 6–8, yellowish, from one-third to one-half length of nut. Nut ovoid, pale brown, wrinkled to smooth, shining, 2.5–3.3 mm long, 1.2–1.7 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.
CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. Found usually in damper areas of woodlands and forests, on a range of substrates.
Similar to L. laterale, with which it occasionally grows.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|