Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Literature for Machaerina mariscoides
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999. Literature for Machaerina mariscoides subsp. mariscoides
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999; Lorence & Wagner, 2019. Literature for Machaerina mariscoides subsp. meyenii
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Cyperaceae -- The Sedge Family Bibliography
      Machaerina mariscoides
General Information
DistributionKnown from New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to the Marianas, Caroline, Marquesas, Society, and Hawaiian Islands
Perennials with short rhizomes clothed with pale reddish brown scales; culms loosely tufted, 45-90 cm tall, 3.5-4 mm in diam., trigonous but with 1 side much narrower, scabrid.
Leaves grayish green, basal or nearly so, equitant, coriaceous, the upper ones longer than the culm, apex subacute; sheaths reddish brown.
Inflorescence a compound panicle, oblong in outline, 15-40 cm long, bearing 5-6 partial panicles, lower bracts longer than the inflorescence, the panicle branches 5-6 together, the longer ones up to 8 cm long; spikelets in clusters of 2-5, ovoid-turbinate in fruit, 3-5 mm long; glumes 3-6, rusty brown, the uppermost fertile, narrowly ovate, ca. 4-5 mm long, keeled, margins chartaceous, ciliolate; perianth absent; stamens 3; style 3-cleft, style base subulate, ca. 1 mm long, pubescent.
Achenes amber brown, glossy, broadly ovoid to subglobose, 2-4 mm long, 1-1.5 mm in diam., obscurely trigonous, subsessile.
Warren Wagner