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Family: Restionaceae

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 251 (1810).

Derivation: Greek apheles, simple; referring to the simple structure of the solitary female florets.

Synonymy: Brizula Hieron., Bot. Zeit. 30:206 (1872). 6 species in Australia.

Common name: None

Small annuals; leaves filiform to subulate in a basal tuft; scape erect, filiform, leafless.

Inflorescence a laterally flattened terminal spike resembling the spikelets of Cyperus spp.; rhachis flexuose; primary bracts 6-18, distichous, imbricate, glume-like, herbaceous with hyaline margins; pseudanthia absent; lowest 1 or 2 primary bracts each enclosing 1-3 male florets and sometimes 1 separate female floret; stamen subtended by a short ovate hyaline secondary bract; upper primary bracts shorter, each enclosing 1 female floret; ovary narrowly ovoid; style brownish, exserted.

Seed fusiform, smooth.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Spike turned to one side; upper primary bracts obtuse
A. gracilis 1.
1. Spike erect; upper primary bracts acuminate
A. pumilio 2.

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