Monatsber. Konigl. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1868: 541 (1868) APNI
Leaves erect or somewhat lax, 5–30 cm long, apex narrowly cylindric, gradually wider towards base; bases abruptly wider, flattened, loosely overlapping, spoon-shaped, lateral margins pale and papery. Megasporangia orbicular to elliptical, 3–6 mm long, wall pale, thin, sporangium usually covered completely by membranous velum; megaspores 50–200 per sporangium (in outer leaves), whitish-grey, dimorphic, variable in size and ornamentation; larger spores almost spherical; smaller spores flatter, almost hemispherical; surface markings on all spores rounded (not angular), with few tubercles, markings sometimes absent. Microspores absent; inner leaves sterile.
CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Vic. -MMAL, LMAL, WIM, GR, RIV, VOLC, EHL, SNOW, EG (ACDHMNRVWZ)- all States. Usually submerged in rock pools, slow-moving streams and small lakes, where growth can continue year-round, but also known from temporary water, growing from late autumn to spring.
The endemic Tasmanian species Isoetes humilior F. Muell. ex A. Braun has thick, rigid, dark leaves crowning a corm with two rather elongate lobes, and only smooth-walled, large megaspores (Marsden 1976).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|