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Carex rafflesiana Boott

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Herbarium specimen. © Australian Tropical Herbarium
Herbarium specimen. © Australian Tropical Herbarium
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Boott, F. (1846) Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 20 : 132. Type: in Insulae Java, Dr. Horsfield.


Loosely tufted sedge, to 1 m tall; rhizome short and not creeping.


Basal leaves sword-like, 30-100 x 0.7-1.8 cm, margins smooth, or abrasive in places or at apex. Old leaf sheaths at base reddish-brown.


Inflorescence terminal, produced on a long peduncle which ends in a series of leafy bracts. Inflorescence a panicle of spikes, each spike consisting of female flowers at the base with a cluster of male flowers at the apex. Style not or slightly thickened towards base.


Nuts with the style persistent at the apex, about 0.8 mm diam. and 1.5 mm long.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from 100-1000 m. Grows in disturbed areas in upland and mountain rain forest and mesophyll vine forest. Also occurs in Asia and Malesia.

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