Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Fuirena ciliaris (L.) Roxb.

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Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Roxburgh, W. (1832) Flora Indica; or descriptions of Indian Plants, by the late William Roxburgh. Edn. 2 1: 80.


Tufted annual, 10-50 cm tall, obtusely trigonous and pubescent.


Leaves with 3-5 prominent nerves, light green, 3-8 mm wide; lamina pubescent; leaf sheath hairy with a prominent ligule with a membrane, top of sheath pubescent.


Inflorescence with 1-2 clusters on short pubescent peduncles in the upper axils; glumes obovate to oblong-obovate, hairy, awned, with a prominently 3-veined keel. Perianth biseriate, segments scaly, clawed, with 2 bristle segments.


Nut trigonous with prominently ridged edges and horizontal striations on testa, 0.75-1 x 0.5-0.6 mm.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to New South Wales. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 950 m. Grows along rivers and creeks in gallery rainforest also in moist to wet places in various types of woodland. Also from the Old World tropics.

Scirpus ciliaris L., Mantissa Plantarum 2: 182(1771), Type: Koenig s.n.
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