Lepidosperma semiteres F.Muell. ex Boeck.

Wire Rapier-sedge

Linnaea 38: 327 (1874) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial with short rhizome. Culms rigid, erect, subterete with 1 acute, smooth, flattened margin, or irregularly angular, or biconvex with 1 margin flattened and acute (smooth or scarcely scabrous) and the other rounded, or rarely with both margins acute and smooth, irregularly striate, glabrous, smooth, often reddish near base, 20–60(–100) cm high, 0.7–1.5 mm diam. Leaf-blades subterete to flat, shorter than culms, 1.0–2.5 mm wide, or occasionally reduced; sheaths straw-coloured, often with reddish tinges, to grey-brown, not viscid, ± dull. Inflorescence ovate to oblong in outline, erect, 2–6 cm long, 1–2.5 cm diam.; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets ± few, 6–9 mm long; glumes 4–6, slightly scabrous, red-brown to grey-brown, the 3 lowest empty, shorter than fertile glumes, obtuse to acute; fertile glumes 5–7.5 mm long, acute to long-acute; hypogynous scales 6, whitish, from one-fifth to one-half length of nut. Nut narrow-ellipsoid to obovoid, straw-coloured to olive-green, shining, 3.0–4.0 mm long, 1.3–1.8 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW. On sandy soils, in coastal headland heath and inland heath, woodland and open-forest.

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 semiteres in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidosperma semiteres in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
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
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales