Chordifex crispatus (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson
Telopea 8:24 (1998)

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

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Wednesday 22 October 1997

Rhizomatous, erect perennial, herb, 0.2-0.5 m high. Fl. Aug to Oct. White-grey sand. Sandplains, uplands.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Esperance Plains.

IBRA Subregions: Fitzgerald, Recherche.

IMCRA Regions: WA South Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Esperance, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe.

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

Rhizomes tufted, hairy. Basal sheath glabrous, dull, striate. Culms terete, internal structure (at base of culm) solid, glabrous, striate, not marbled, not fasciculate. Culm 620-780 mm long. Sheaths (including blade) appressed throughout, glossy, 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 branched below the inflorescence. Male spikelet 5-7 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, Outer bract 2.2-3.2 mm long, margins thin and translucent, Apex acute or acuminate to attenuate. Perianth glabrous. (2.5-)3.5-4 mm long. Inner bract glabrous, margins thin and translucent, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Inner bract 3-3.3 mm long. Filament 1-1.3 mm long. Anther 1.2-1.8 mm long. Female spikelet 7.5-10 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, margins thin and translucent, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Outer bract 3.6-4.5 mm long. Perianth glabrous. 4.3-5.4 mm long. Inner bracts 5.5-6 mm long, glabrous, margins firm and opaque, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Style two (or two-branched). 4-5 mm long. Fruit bilocular (capsule). Flowering Time August or October. Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregions Esperance.