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Centrolepis strigosa

Centrolepis at Booderee National Park

Centrolepis strigosa at Booderee National Park - 8 Jul 2020
Centrolepis strigosa at Booderee National Park - 8 Jul 2020
Centrolepis strigosa at Booderee National Park - 8 Jul 2020
Centrolepis strigosa at Booderee National Park - 8 Jul 2020
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Identification history

Centrolepis strigosa 22 Jul 2020 MikeLeggett
Centrolepis strigosa subsp. strigosa 21 Jul 2020 JackieMiles
Unidentified 16 Jul 2020 MikeLeggett

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Author's notes

I thought this to be a grass at first but it must be a moss? growing in amongst the roots of Casuarina

3 comments

   21 Jul 2020
The fine hairs on the leaves suggest the tiny sedge Centrolepis. I've only seen strigosa, so I'm not positive it couldn't be the other species, so I haven't confirmed it. Another photo once it starts flowering would be good, and it would need to be a side-on close-up to see if the bracts enclosing the flower cluster have long tapering tips (fascicularis) or a short mucro (strigosa).
   21 Jul 2020
Spring flowering Jackie so I've made a note to revisit. There's a good illustration of what you describe from Esperance, though the ssp. you name isn't mentioned. http://esperancewildflowers.blogspot.com/2013/07/centrolepis-strigosa-subsp-strigosa.html
   30 Jul 2020
hi mike, keyed this using the microscope. you can make out the multicellular hairs = centrolepis. i opted for fascicularis for the following reasons. the microenvironment at this site suggested mature plants were perennial. these plants were located under old baeckea imbricata in undisturbed sediment. strigosa is possibly in more transient wet sites off the immediate coast. also i have seen c fascicularis in flower at jb in similar situation: finally is fascicularis a little more dense than strigosa? Centrolepis fascicularis (Tufted Centrolepis) and slightly less exposed at sphr https://budawangcoast.naturemapr.org/sightings/4206760. having said all that.... measurements of lamina width did not rule out strigosa. so to be safe should leave as centrolepis sp. for now. i am frequently at this site so maybe even after this rain we will soon know. cheers deleted for now.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 8 Jul 2020 12:34 PM Recorded on
  • MikeLeggett Recorded by
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