Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Cyperus gunnii subsp. novae-hollandiae (Boeckeler) K.L.Wilson


Wilson, K.L. (1991) Telopea 4(3): 465. Type: ?.


Large tufted perrennial sedge with triquetrous to trigonous culms which are clothed in glossy brown sheaths at the base.


Leaves up to 7 mm wide with dense marginal prickles.


Inflorescence with 5-12 primary branches up to 12 cm long. Spikelets ca. 10 in spicate to subdigitate, ca. loose, hemispherical to globose clusters of 1.2-3 cm diam.; spikelets 1-1.5 mm wide, 4-24 -flowered; rachilla narrowly winged; glume spacing 1.5-2 mm. Glumes straw coloured to red-brown, 2.1-2.7 mm long and 0.5-0.6 mm wide, slightly keeled.


Nut grey to brown, 1.6-2.0 mm long, ca. as long as glume, 0.3-0.4 mm diam., apex long-acute to acuminate.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and to south eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 500 m. Grows in pools in rainforest and more commonly in coastal Melaleuca swamplands.

Mariscus gunnii var. novae-hollandiae (Boeckeler) Domin, Bibliotheca Botanica 20(85): 443(1914). Cyperus novae-hollandiae Boeckeler, Linnaea 36: 344(1870), Type: Novae Hollandiae.
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