Schoenus maschalinus

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Schoenus maschalinus


Perennial. Leaves filiform, spreading or ascending, canaliculate, scaberulous on the mar- gins, 1-3 cm by c. ½ mm, gradually passing into the leafy bracts; Inflorescence racemose, narrow, very loose, consisting of 3-4 distant fascicles of branches. Stamens (2-)3;


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), Atjeh present, Australasia: Queensland (Queensland present); Tasmania (Tasmania present); Victoria (Victoria present), Canlaon Volcano present, Gajo Lands present, Lake Habbema present, Luzon present, Maneau Range present, Mindanao present, Mt Apo present, Mt Dayman present, Mt Losir present, Mt Pulog present, Mt Sarawaket present, Mt Wilhelm present, N. S. Wales present, NE. New Guinea present, Negros present, New Zealand present, Pacific: Marianas present, S. Australia present, Sugarloaf complex present, W. New Guinea present
Australia (Queensland, N. S. Wales, Victoria, S. Australia), Tasmania, New Zealand, Marianas; in Malesia: Sumatra (Atjeh: Gajo Lands, Mt Losir), Philippines (Luzon: Mt Pulog; Negros: Canlaon Volcano; Mindanao: Mt Apo); New Guinea (W. New Guinea: Lake Habbema; NE. New Guinea: Mt Wilhelm, Mt Sarawaket, Mt Dayman, Maneau Range, Sugarloaf complex).


PALLA distinguished between Helothrix philippinensis and H. axillaris as follows:
H. philippinensis. — Spikelets 4-4½ mm long. Glumes purple or blackish purple, the fertile ones c.3 mm long. Style 1½-1¾ mm. Nut 1-1½ by ¾-4/5 mm.
H. axillaris. — Spikelets 2-2½ mm long. Glumes green or purplish variegated, the fertile ones 1½- 2 mm long. Style ½-¾ mm. Nut ¾-1 by c. ½ mm.
Although in general the Philippine plants have somewhat longer spikelets and slightly larger nuts than the Australian ones they cannot be separated specifically. The spikelets in Australian specimens are not rarely 3 mm long, sometimes up to 4 mm, in some Philippine specimens they are pale coloured. The New Guinea specimens have small nuts, but in other characters they are intermediate between the Australian plants and the Philippine ones. As in S. erythrosiphon OHWI the spikelets, nuts, anthers etc. completely agree with those of S. maschalinus, I take it for a slender form of the latter.


Merr. 1938 – In: Fedde, Rep. 44: 90
Merr. 1940 – In: Fedde, Rep. 48: 248
KOYAMA 1964 – In: Micronesica: 105
BOECK. 1874 – In: Linnaea: 289
KÜK. – In: Fedde, Rep. 48: 248
Merr. 1938 – In: Bot. Jahrb.: 260
STEUD. 1855 – In: Syn.: 105
KÜK. 1940 – In: Fedde, Rep. 48: 248
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip.: 128
Merr. 1910 – In: Philip. J. Sc.: Bot. 334
KÜK. 1938 – In: Bot. Jahrb.: 260
Benth. 1878 – In: Fl. Austr.: 375
S. T. BLAKE 1949 – In: Proc. R. Soc. Queensl.: 47
Clarke 1909: Ill. Cyp.: f. 1-2
S. T. BLAKE 1948 – In: J. Arn. Arb.: 93
HOOK.ƒ. 1853: p. 274. – In: Fl. Nov. Zel.: t. 62, f. A