Leptocarpus (plant)

Leptocarpus is a genus of dioeceous rush-like perennial plants described as a genus in 1810.[2]

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Restionaceae
Genus: Leptocarpus
R. Br. 1810 not Willd. ex Link 1820 (syn of Tamonea[1] in Verbenaceae)

Schoenodum Labill.

The genus as currently conceived is entirely endemic to Australia. A few species native to other places were formerly included, but they have been moved to other genera.[1][3]


The following species are accepted as of 2019[1]:

  • L. taxus (R.Br.) B.G.Briggs – Western Australia
  • L. tenax (Labill.) R.Br. – Australia (all 6 states but not Northern Territory)

Formerly includedEdit

Over 70 other names have been published using the name Leptocarpus, but they have been transferred to other genera, including the following:

Apodasmia, Chaetanthus, Dapsilanthus, Empodisma, Hydrophilus, Hypolaena, Lepyrodia, Meeboldina, Restio, Rhodocoma, Staberoha, Willdenowia.

Name in homonymic genusEdit

In 1820, the name Leptocarpus was applied to some plants in the Verbenaceae. Thus was created an illegitimate homonym. One species name was included in the illegitimate genus, i.e.:


  1. ^ a b c d Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Brown, Robert. 1810. Prodromus florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van-Diemen, exhibens characteres plantarum 250 in Latin
  3. ^ Moore, L.B.; Edgar, E. 1970: Flora of New Zealand. Volume II. Indigenous Tracheophyta - Monocotyledons except Graminae. First electronic edition, Landcare Research, June 2004. Transcr. A.D. Wilton and I.M.L. Andres. http://FloraSeries.LandcareResearch.co.nz.