Palla, Allg. Bot. Zeitschr. 8:69 (1902).
Synonymy: Cladium junceum R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 237 ( 1810); Machaerina juncea (R. Br.) Koyama, Bot. Mag., Tokyo 69:64 (1956).
Common name: Bare twig-rush.
Stems slender, terete, smooth, 30-100 cm high, 2- or 3-noded, c. 1 mm thick or slightly more; leaves all reduced to mucronate sheaths; lowest bract reduced to a mucronate sheath.
Panicle small, spike-like, 1-5 m long or the lower branches somewhat distant; spikelets few, reddish-brown, densely crowded together, c. 5 mm long, with 1 bisexual flower; glumes scabrous on the upper part of the keel.
Nut ovoid-globose, c. 3 x 1.5 mm, rugose-pitted, reddish-brown basally, dark-red to blackish terminally, with 3 vertical reddish smooth ribs; the style base arising from the often umbilicate tips, little differentiated.
S.Aust.: LE, FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. All States except the N.T. New Zealand.
Flowering time: usually Sept. — April.
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