Chordifex sphacelatus (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson
Telopea 8:25 (1998)

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

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Wednesday 22 October 1997

Rhizomatous, perennial, herb, (0.05-)0.1-0.3 m high. White-grey, peaty or lateritic sand. Flats, dunes, wet depressions, gravelly rises.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P2, Dandaragan Plateau, Eastern Mallee, Fitzgerald, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Western Mallee.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Boyup Brook, Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Dandaragan, Esperance, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kondinin, Kulin, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Friday 1 September 2017

Rhizomes spreading, hairy. Basal sheath hairy, glossy, striate. Culms terete, internal structure (at base of culm) solid, glabrous, not striate, not marbled, not fasciculate. Culm 120-400 mm long. Sheaths (including blade) spreading, dull, striate, hairy, margins not translucent. Apex obtuse, hairy. 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 4-8 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, Outer bract 3-4.8 mm long, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute. Perianth glabrous. 3-5.5 mm long. Inner bract glabrous, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute. Inner bract 3.3-4.5 mm long. Filament 2.2-5.5 mm long. Anther 1.3-2 mm long. Female spikelet 5.5-7.5 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute. Outer bract 3.5-5.2 mm long. Perianth glabrous. 3-5.5 mm long. Inner bracts 4.8-5 mm long, glabrous, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute. Style one, arising from one side of the ovary apex. 3-4 mm long. Fruit bilocular (capsule). Flowering Time May, June, July, August, September or October. Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregions Swan Coastal Plain, Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Mallee or Esperance.