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These small grassy plants were populating a shallow depression in an ephemeral wetland. About 200mm tall maximum they had shiny black flower heads and occasional black sections on the leaves or stems as well producing a striking and attractive effect. Soil was judged as very poor, coarse sandy. Zero shade.
In a newly developed nature reserve next to an ocean/bay beach.
A tufted perennial about 5-25 cm high. Flowers from Winter to January.
The other part of the mystery is the short black sections randomly appearing on the stems. It seems they are caused by a smut fungus, Shivasia solida. http://collections.daff.qld.gov.au/web/k...
Spotted on Oct 10, 2014
Submitted on Oct 28, 2014