Leptocarpus tenax (Labill.) R.Br.

Slender Twine-rush

Prodr. 250 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome shortly creeping, glabrous, pale, partly covered with closely imbricate, dry and membranous scales. Stems 60–100 cm long, erect, straight, mostly unbranched, greyish-green. Sheathing leaves 5–12 mm long, brown, closely appressed, striate; margin membranous; apex obtuse or sometimes acuminate, soon eroded. Floral bracts of female spikelets as for sheathing leaves, apex acutely acuminate; floral bracts of male spikelets shorter than those of female spikelets. Male inflorescence arising from the distal axils of sheathing leaves, loose, drooping and panicle-like. Male spikelets 3–4(–5) mm long, immature spikelets narrower and longer than mature spikelets. Male flowers with staminal filaments short; anthers not or just exserted. Female inflorescence arising from the distal axils of sheathing leaves, racemose or narrowly paniclelike. Female spikelets almost sessile, 5–15 mm long. Female flowers with perianth longer than ovary; style branches free on distal half, exserted and straight to slightly recurved or spreading. Flowers throughout year, mainly Sep.–Nov.

DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, MuM, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except NT. Occurs in sandy soil in dry and swampy heath-lands of far western Victoria and Gippsland.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
genus Leptocarpus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptocarpus tenax in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptocarpus tenax in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory