Chorizandra cymbaria R.Br.

Heron Bristle-rush

Prodr. 221 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial with slender but tough rhizome. Culms unitubular, often pluritubular near base, transverse septa usually obvious externally, often glaucous when immature, yellow-green at maturity, longitudinally striate and usually minutely warty at least near apex, 50–100 cm high, 1.3–4 mm diam. Inner leaf-blades from one-half to two-thirds length of culms, usually slightly thicker than culms, unitubular, rarely pluritubular near base; sheaths loose, yellow- to red-brown, to 25 cm long. Inflorescence narrow-ovoid to ovoid or rarely globose, 11–15 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, with c. 10–30 pseudospikelets; core not or scarcely raised. Involucral bract to 10 cm long, unitubular; margins of base yellow-chartaceous, red-dotted, sheathing sides of inflorescence. Pseudospikelets with 16–25 glumes, 13–20 stamens; glumes oblong to spathulate, the lowest keeled towards apex, glabrous, dark or pale red-brown or rarely golden yellow towards apex, 3–4.5 mm long; apex obtuse, usually irregularly toothed. Nut with 4–8 longitudinal ridges and faint irregular transverse ridges, red-brown, 2.7–4 mm long, 1.5–2.7 mm diam Flowers spring–summer.

EGL, GipP, GGr, HSF, VVP. Also WA, Qld, NSW. New Caledonia. Scattered but uncommon throughout southern Victoria, in swampy lowlands and on stream margins. .

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 Chorizandra
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chorizandra cymbaria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chorizandra cymbaria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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Western Australia
New South Wales