Plants of
South Australia
Lipocarpha microcephala
Cyperaceae
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Botanical art

Kath Alcock painting: 1.

Etymology

Greek 'liparos' shining, 'karphos' chaff and 'micro' small, 'cephale' head.

Distribution and status

Grows in open damp places such as sandy stream banks. Native
Herbarium regions: North Western, Murray
NRM regions: Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Annual, with slender stems and filiform basal leaves. Inflorescence of 1-4 ovoid spikes. Spikelets oblong-obovate, 1-1.7mm long, pale brown often tinged red-brown. Flowering March-April. Fruits are nut subterete, very narrow-ellipsoid, 0.7–1 mm long, 0.2 mm in diameter, pale brown.