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Family: Cyperaceae
Isolepis australiensis

Citation: K.L. Wilson, Telopea 2:165 (1981 ).

Synonymy: Scirpus cernuus Vahl var. australiensis Maiden & Betche, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 33:316 (1908); S. australiensis (Maiden & Betche) S.T. Blake, Proc. R. Soc. Qld 51:179 (1940). , Scirpus multicaulis

Common name: None

A small slender annual, stems solitary or tufted, capillary; leaves 3-10 cm long; bract erect or spreading, mostly longer than the spikelets and to 10 mm long.

Spikelets 1-4 but usually 2 or 3, pale or brownish, ovoid or oblong, angled, 2.5-4 mm long; glumes rather spreading, mucronate, with a broad green keel, sides thin, hyaline, nerveless or each with one faint nerve; stamen 1; style 3-branched.

Nut somewhat variable in shape, ellipsoid or obovoid, apex rounded, gradually cuneate, c. 0.5 x 0.4 mm, trigonous, angles narrow, sometimes fibbed, sides somewhat concave to slightly convex, slightly granular, pallid to dark-brown, covered by transparent longitudinal lines of a glistening reticulate-papillose layer, about half as long as the glume.

Distribution:  Grows in damp places especially near the edge of the water.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EA, EP, MU, YP, SL, SE.   N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: throughout the year except May — June.

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