Baloskion tetraphyllum subsp. tetraphyllum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems 50-150 cm long, green tissue forming a continuous cylindric outer layer (not interrupted), not striate, distally bearing numerous, repeatedly branched, thread-like, sterile branches, often with long woolly hairs exserted from leaflike bracts. Sheathing leaves 10–35 mm long, closely appressed, becoming brown; apex acute to acuminate; those leaf-like bracts subtending the inflorescence clusters often with long woolly hairs. Male spikelets 2.5–7 mm long. Male flowers with 6 membranous (glume-like) perianth parts; anthers exserted on slender filaments. Female spikelets 5–12 mm long; floral bracts overlapping, 3.3–5 mm long (those of male spikelets 1.8–4 mm long), with apex aristate. Style exserted and usually curved. Flowers (Sept.–)Oct.–Apr.(Jul.).

DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Common along streams, pools and swamps, frequent in peat and moist soils.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Restionaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Restio tetraphyllus subsp. tetraphyllus).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-28
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Baloskion tetraphyllum subsp. tetraphyllum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Baloskion tetraphyllum subsp. tetraphyllum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain 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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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South Australia
New South Wales