Empodisma gracillimum (F.Muell.) L.A.S.Johnson & D.F.Cutler
Kew Bull. 28:383 (1974)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Tuesday 9 August 1994

Rhizomatous, semi-scandent, tufted, tangled perennial, herb (sedge-like), 0.2-1.2 m high. Fl. brown, Jul to Dec or Jan to Feb. Grey/black sand, peat. Winter-wet depressions, creek beds.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Fitzgerald, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

IMCRA Regions: WA South Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Augusta-Margaret River, Bayswater, Bunbury, Busselton, Denmark, Manjimup, Nannup, Plantagenet.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Tuesday 2 May 2017

Rhizomes spreading, hairy. Basal sheath glabrous, dull, striate. Culms terete, internal structure (at base of culm) hollow, glabrous, not striate, not marbled, not fasciculate. Culm 440-660 mm long. Sheaths (including blade) dull, not striate, glabrous, margins not translucent. Apex glabrous. Dioecious (with separate male and female plants). Male and female inflorescences similar, posture (male inflorescences only) More or less erect, Culms unbranched below the inflorescence. Male spikelet 3-5 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, Outer bract 4-6 mm long, margins firm and opaque, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Perianth glabrous. 2.5-3 mm long. Inner bract hairy, margins firm and opaque, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Filament 1.8-2.5 mm long. Anther 0.5-0.7 mm long. Female spikelet 4-4.5 mm long. Subtending bract hairy, margins firm and opaque, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Outer bract 2-4.5 mm long. Perianth glabrous. 2.5-3 mm long. Inner bracts 2-3.3 mm long, glabrous, margins firm and opaque, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Style three (or three-branched). 2-2.3 mm long. Fruit indehiscent (nut). Flowering Time January, February, July, August, September, October, November or December. Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregions Swan Coastal Plain, Jarrah Forest, Warren or Esperance.