Desmocladus virgatus (Benth.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson

Reference
Telopea 8:27 (1998)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status
Current

Rhizomatous, tufted perennial, herb (sedge-like), 0.2-0.6 m high. Fl. brown, Aug to Nov. White sand, sand with lateritic gravel. Sandplains, low rises.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 12 September 1997

Scientific Description

Rhizomes tufted, hairy. Basal sheath glabrous, dull, striate. Culms terete, internal structure (at base of culm) hollow, glabrous, not striate, not marbled, not fasciculate. Culm 240-300 mm long. Sheaths (including blade) spreading, dull, striate, hairy or glabrous, margins not translucent. Apex elongated, glabrous. Dioecious (with separate male and female plants). Male and female inflorescences similar, posture (male inflorescences only) More or less erect, Culms branched below the inflorescence. Male spikelet 4-5.5 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, Outer bract 3-3.3 mm long, margins thin and translucent, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Perianth glabrous. 2.2-2.5 mm long. Inner bract glabrous, margins thin and translucent, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Inner bract 3.3-4 mm long. Filament 2.3-2.5 mm long. Anther 1-1.2 mm long. Female spikelet 4.6-5.7 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, margins thin and translucent, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Outer bract 4.7-5 mm long. Perianth glabrous. 3.7-6 mm long. Inner bracts 4-6 mm long, glabrous, margins thin and translucent, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Style one, arising centrally from the ovary apex. 4.3-6 mm long. Fruit indehiscent (nut). Flowering Time August, September, October or November. Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregions Geraldton Sandplain, Swan Coastal Plain, Avon Wheatbelt or Jarrah Forest.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 1 September 2017

Distribution

IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Beverley, Carnamah, Coorow, Dandaragan, Dardanup, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay.