L., Sp. Pl. 325 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Sharp (or spiny) rush.
Perennial stems arising from a rhizome, to 130 cm high, c. 4 mm diam., with a continuous pith, rigid, cylindrical; leaves few, almost as long, stem-like, with pungent points, not septate.
Panicle compound, lateral, compact, with many spreading branches, the individual clusters more or less rounded, often c. 3 mm diam.; primary bract broad at the base, much exceeding the panicle; flowers reddish-brown.
Segments 2.5-4 mm long, acute, much shorter than the mucronate broadly ovoid brown capsule; stamens 6; seeds with a loose testa and tailed, usually at both ends.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 176; Ross-Craig (1973) Drawings Brit. Pl. 30:12.
Occurs mainly in damp places along the coast, but also inland wet areas of high salinity.
S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic. New Zealand; native to Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Flowering time: throughout the year.
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