Lepidosperma gunnii Boeck.

Little Sword-sedge

Linnaea 38: 325 (1874) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

Source: Wilson, K.L. (1994). Cyperaceae. 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 Cyperaceae
genus Lepidosperma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lepidosperma gunnii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidosperma gunnii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory