T: Victoria, Riverina, 2 km S of Wunghu on Shepparton road, 15 Feb 1975, K.L.Wilson & L.A.S.Johnson 1020; holo: NSW; iso: CHR, K, MEL.
Perennials, 105–200 cm tall, rhizomatous. Stem leafless, terete, 3.5–8.5 mm diam., ±hard, mid-green, or grey-green, subglaucous; ridges 60–120, not very distinct; dorsal cells not enlarged; pith continuous and interrupted in parts of the same stem, of astericiform cells. Cataphylls few; upper cataphylls 10–36 cm long, usually long-acuminate, lax, abaxially dull and deep yellow-brown distally, dark red-brown or black, ±not glossy at base, adaxially silvery to golden brown. Lower bract 16–45 cm long, exceeding or occasionally equalling inflorescence; sheath narrow. Inflorescence 10–25 cm long, diffuse; flowers numerous, loosely to densely clustered. Bracteoles ovate, to c. 1 mm long, membranous to stramineous. Tepals lanceolate, acute or outer ones acuminate, stramineous-brown with broad membranous margins; outer tepals (1.7–) 2–3 mm long, longer than or equalling inner ones, with prominent central band; inner tepals obtuse to ±acute. Stamens 3 (–4); anthers 0.5–0.9 mm long, equalling or longer than c. 0.4–0.5 mm filaments; style c. 0.1–0.2 mm long; stigmas to c. 1 mm long. Capsule triseptate, narrowly ellipsoid, c. 2.5–3.0 mm long, equalling or slightly exceeding perianth, obtuse, not or shortly mucronate, golden brown, shining. Seeds ±ovoid, 0.3–0.4 × c. 0.2 mm, apiculate, c. 15–20-striate, densely reticulate; appendages absent. Fig. 141.