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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Female flowers. Copyright Barry Jago
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Hypolytrum nemorum (Vahl) Spreng.
Sprengel, C.P.J. (1824) Systema Vegetabilium 1: 233. Type: ?.
Hypolytrum nemorum (Vahl) Spreng. var. nemorum, Flora Malesiana Series I: 491(1974), Type: ?. Schoenus nemorum Vahl., Symb. Bot. 3: 8(1794), Type: ?.
Can grow as a herb but usually flowers and fruits as a plant more than 1 m tall.
Leaf blades strap-like, up to 100 cm or more long, +/- M-shaped in transverse section. Leaf blade margin and midrib (on the underside of the leaf blade) finely toothed. Outer two main longitudinal veins raised on the upper surface.
One or two scale-like cataphylls produced before the first true leaves. First true leaves linear, about 7-14 x 1 mm, longitudinally veined and the bases clasp the stem. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves linear, channelled on the upper surface, bases clasping one another forming a triangular sectioned leafy stem. Venation longitudinal and parallel. Leaf blade margins and midrib (on the underside) beset with small tooth-like hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
Makes an attractive pot or garden plant and will grow well in shady conditions.