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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Gymnostachydoideae
Bogner & Nicolson
Genus: Gymnostachys
Species: G. anceps
Binomial name
Gymnostachys anceps
  • Gymnostachys gigantea Domin

Gymnostachys is a monotypic genus, of the monocotyledon plant family Araceae.

The sole known species Gymnostachys anceps, commonly named settler's twine or boorgay, grows naturally in rainforests and humid Eucalypt forests of eastern New South Wales and eastern Queensland, Australia.[2][3]

Gymnostachys is kept to its own subfamily Gymnostachydoideae due to its unique characteristics that include an unusually structured flowering shoot and linear leaves with parallel venation.


  1. ^ a b "Gymnostachys%". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) database (listing by % wildcard matching of all taxa relevant to Australia). Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 20 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ A. Hay. "New South Wales Flora Online: Gymnostachys anceps". Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia. 
  3. ^ Hyland, B. P. M.; Whiffin, T.; Zich, F. A.; et al. (Dec 2010). "Factsheet – Gymnostachys anceps". Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants. Edition 6.1, online version [RFK 6.1]. Cairns, Australia: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), through its Division of Plant Industry; the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research; the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University. Retrieved 20 Nov 2013. 
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