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Chordifex abortivus (Nees) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson

Telopea 8:24 (1998)
Conservation Code
A taxon name retains its ‘Threatened’ status until a new name has been officially endorsed and appears in the Gazettal Notice.
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Rhizomatous, erect perennial, herb, to 0.5 m high. Fl. brown, Sep to Oct. Sand. Low rises & undulating areas.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 11 August 1994

Scientific Description

Rhizomes tufted, hairy. Basal sheath glabrous, dull, striate. Culms terete, internal structure (at base of culm) hollow, glabrous, striate, not marbled, not fasciculate. Culm 245-600 mm long. Sheaths (including blade) spreading, dull, striate, 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 3-6 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, Outer bract 1.5-2 mm long, margins firm and opaque, Apex acute. Perianth glabrous. 2.5-2.7 mm long. Inner bract glabrous, margins firm and opaque, Apex acute. Inner bract 2-2.8 mm long. Filament 1-1.5 mm long. Anther 1.3-1.5 mm long. Female spikelet 5-6 mm long. Subtending bract glabrous, margins firm and opaque, Apex acute. Outer bract 2.5-3.5 mm long. Perianth hairy. 3-4.5 mm long. Inner bracts 3-4.5 mm long, glabrous, margins firm and opaque, Apex acute. Style two (or two-branched). 3-4 mm long. Fruit bilocular (capsule). Flowering Time September or October. Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregions Jarrah Forest or Esperance. Conservation Code Threatened (T).

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 26 June 2019


IBRA Regions
Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Southern Jarrah Forest.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)