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Centrolepis fascicularis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Restionaceae
Genus: Centrolepis
  • Devauxia R.Br
  • Alepyrum B.Br.
  • Alepyrum Hieron. 1873 not R. Br. 1810
  • Pseudalepyrum Dandy

Centrolepis is a genus of small herbaceous plants in the family Restionaceae known as thorn grass scales, with about 25 species native to Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and south-east Asia as far north as Hainan Dao.[1][2]

Centrolepis species are all tufted plants with narrow leaves from the base. Flowers are tiny and wind-pollinated, in highly condensed inflorescences enclosed between a pair of bracts that often have leaf-like points.

  1. Centrolepis alepyroides (Nees) Walp. - Avon + Darling in Western Australia
  2. Centrolepis aristata (R.Br.) Roem. & Schult. - Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales
  3. Centrolepis banksii (R.Br.) Roem. & Schult. - Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Hainan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia
  4. Centrolepis caespitosa D.A.Cooke - Western Australia
  5. Centrolepis cambodiana Hance - Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia
  6. Centrolepis cephaloformis Reader - Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria
  7. Centrolepis ciliata (Hook.f.) Druce - New Zealand (North & South Is., Auckland Islands, Campbell Island)
  8. Centrolepis curta D.A.Cooke - Western Australia
  9. Centrolepis drummondiana (Nees) Walp - Western Australia, possibly South Australia
  10. Centrolepis eremica D.A.Cooke - Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory
  11. Centrolepis exserta (R.Br.) Roem. & Schult. - Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland
  12. Centrolepis fascicularis Labill. - Australia (all 6 states but not NT), New Guinea, Sumatra, New Zealand (recorded once)
  13. Centrolepis glabra (F.Muell. ex Sond.) Hieron. - New Zealand South Island, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales
  14. Centrolepis humillima F.Muell. ex Benth. - Western Australia
  15. Centrolepis inconspicua W.Fitzg. - Avon + Darling in Western Australia
  16. Centrolepis milleri M.D.Barrett & D.D.Sokoloff - Western Australia
  17. Centrolepis monogyna (Hook.f.) Benth. - Tasmania
  18. Centrolepis muscoides (Hook.f.) Hieron. - Tasmania
  19. Centrolepis mutica (R.Br.) Hieron. - Darling in Western Australia
  20. Centrolepis pallida (Hook.f.) Cheeseman - New Zealand (North & South Islands, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island)
  21. Centrolepis pedderensis W.M.Curtis - Tasmania
  22. Centrolepis philippinensis Merr. - Borneo, Philippines, Sulawesi, New Guinea
  23. Centrolepis pilosa Hieron. - Western Australia
  24. Centrolepis polygyna (R.Br.) Hieron. - Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales
  25. Centrolepis racemosa D.D.Sokoloff & Remizowa - Northern Territory
  26. Centrolepis strigosa (R.Br.) Roem. & Schult. - Australia (all 6 states but not NT), New Zealand;



  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Cooke, D.A. (1992) A taxonomic revision of Centrolepis Labill. in Australia. Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden 15: 1-64.
  3. ^ Ford, Kerry A. (2014). "Centrolepidaceae. In: Breitwieser, I.; Brownsey, P.J.; Heenan, P.B.; Wilton, A.D. Flora of New Zealand — Seed Plants. Fascicle 2." www.nzflora.info/index.html. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.