Lepidobolus deserti Gilg
Bot.Jahrb.Syst. 35:91 (1904)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Thursday 11 August 1994

Rhizomatous, caespitose perennial, herb (sedge-like), 0.15-0.45 m high. Yellow or orange sand. Sand dunes.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province.

IBRA Regions: Coolgardie, Great Victoria Desert, Murchison, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Central, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Murchison, Shield, Southern Cross, Tallering.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Menzies, Mount Magnet, Perenjori.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Friday 1 September 2017

Rhizomes tufted, glabrous. Basal sheath glabrous, dull, striate. Culms terete, internal structure (at base of culm) solid, glabrous, not striate, not marbled, not fasciculate. Culm 180-410 mm long. Sheaths (including blade) spreading, dull, not striate, glabrous, margins not translucent. Apex finely pointed, glabrous. Dioecious (with separate male and female plants). Male and female inflorescences distinctly dissimilar, posture (male inflorescences only) More or less erect, Culms unbranched below the inflorescence. Male spikelet 10-15 mm long. Subtending bract hairy, Outer bract 5-6 mm long, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute. Perianth glabrous. 3-4 mm long. Inner bract hairy, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute. Inner bract 4.5-5 mm long. Filament 4.2-4.5 mm long. Anther 1.5-2 mm long. Female spikelet 7-8 mm long. Subtending bract hairy, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute. Outer bract 5.5-6.5 mm long. Perianth glabrous. 3-3.3 mm long. Inner bracts 5-5.3 mm long, hairy, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute. Style one, arising centrally from the ovary apex. 4.5-6 mm long. Fruit indehiscent (nut). Flowering Time January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November or December. Botanical Province Eremaeam, IBRA Bioregions Yalgoo, Great Victoria Desert, Murchison or Coolgardie.