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Desmocladus quiricanus B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson

Telopea 9:231,232,Figs 1d-f (2001)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Rhizomatous, perennial, herb (sedge-like), 0.2-0.3 m high. White/grey clayey sand. Dry heath.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 21 October 1997

Scientific Description

Rhizomes tufted, hairy. Basal sheath glabrous, dull, striate. Culms terete, internal structure (at base of culm) hollow in upper part, hairy, not striate, not marbled, not fasciculate. Culm 170-320 mm long. Sheaths (including blade) appressed throughout, dull, striate, hairy, margins not translucent. Apex elongated, hairy. Dioecious (with separate male and female plants). Male and female inflorescences similar, posture (male inflorescences only) More or less erect, Culms unbranched below the inflorescence. Style one, arising centrally from the ovary apex. Male spikelet 3.5-4.5 mm long. Subtending bract hairy, Outer bract 2.5-3.2 mm long, margins firm and opaque, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Perianth glabrous. 2(-2.5) mm long. Inner bract hairy, margins firm and opaque, Apex acuminate to attenuate. Inner bract 3-3.5 mm long. Filament NaN (?) mm long. Anther 0.6-0.8 mm long. Fruit indehiscent (nut). Flowering Time June, July, August, September or October. Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregions Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest or Mallee.

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


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Mallee.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Mallee, Katanning, Merredin, Northern Jarrah Forest, Western Mallee.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Dumbleyung, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Kent, Kulin, Lake Grace, Quairading, West Arthur, Wickepin.