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Family: Cyperaceae
Schoenus deformis

Citation: Poiret, Encycl. Suppl. 2(1):251 (1811).

Synonymy: Chaetospora deformis R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 232 (1810).

Common name: None

Small densely tufted perennial, 4-10 cm high, with a branched creeping rhizome; stems rigid, setaceous, usually shorter than the leaves, leafy at the base only; leaves rigid, often curved, setaceous, concave-convex, usually longer than the stem, the hard dark-coloured sheaths densely bearded at the orifice; bracts leaf-like, at least the lower with a stiff filiform blade longer than the spikelet, recurved or erect.

spikelet 1, terminal, erect or slightly oblique, dark-brown, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, turgid, 3- or 4-flowered, 10-13 mm long; glumes stiff, 6-9 mm long, with ciliate margins, only the lowest empty; bristles 6, longer than the nut, densely plumose.

Nut obovoid-cylindric, 1.6-2.2 x c. 1 mm, trigonous, with the angles obscurely fibbed from the circular base to the circular acute tip at the base of a permanent stout style, sides convex, reddish, very finely reticulate in longitudinal rows, more or less glistening, about a quarter of the length of the glume.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Aug. — April.

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