Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Scleria brownii Kunth
Kunth, C.S. (1837) Enumeratio Plantarum Omnium Hucusque Cognitarum 2: 349.
Plants about 20-35 cm tall with corm-like rhizomes. Stems ca. triangular with the bases cothed in purplish hairy sheaths with long hairs at mouth of sheath.
Flowers arranged in clusters of spikes at irregular intervals on the peduncle. Each spike ca. 5 mm long, variable in composition, sometimes consisting of a single female flower, sometimes male flowers only and sometimes a single female flower plus a number of male flowers. Glumes 2.5-3 mm long reddish brown with a green keel. Anthers ca. 2 mm long, filaments ca. 1.25 mm long. Ovary 0.75-1.5 mm long, surface rugose and hairy on 3-lobed comparatively large disk. Style and stigmas 3 with hairy lobes.
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Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to south eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1260 m. Grows in rainforest, Eucalypt forest, Melaleuca swamp forest, deciduous vine thicket and in various types of woodland, heathland and wooded grassland. Also from Malesia and the Pacific Islands.