Eleocharis pallens S.T.Blake

Pale Spike-rush

Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensland 49: 154 (1938) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Perennial with very short rhizome. Culms densely tufted, terete, longitudinally ribbed, to 50 cm high, 0.5–1.0 mm diam, grey green. Spikelet narrow-cylindric, mostly 1–2 cm long; glumes acute, faintly keeled, 3–3.5 mm long, often tinged red-brown; hypogynous bristles 7–10, flat, retrorsely scabrous, usually stout, shorter or longer than nut; stamens 3; anthers 1.1–2.7 mm long; style (2–)3-fid. Nut biconvex to plano-convex, with lateral angles ± acute and ribbed, broadly ovoid or suborbicular, 1.1–1.4 mm long, 0.9–1 mm diam., yellow-brown or sometimes dark brown, external cells minute; style-base variable, c. one-third as long as and one-third to three-quarters as wide as nut. Flowers spring–summer.

Gold, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. All mainland states. Uncommon in Victoria, chiefly northern (rare near Melbourne at e.g. Derrimut, Eynesbury, Rockbank), occurring in seasonally wet situations such as floodways, usually on clayey soil.

The culms of this species have a unique glistening, reticulate cell-pattern (visible with a hand-lens) between the longitudinal ridges.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-02-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Eleocharis
Higher taxa


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