X is for Xyris – sharp but gentle yellow-eyes of the buttongrass moor #MelaleucaMiscellany

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Tall yellow-eye, Xyris operculata, sans pretty flowers.

Xyris comes from the Greek for “cutting knife” or “sword”.  Fortunately, their leaves resemble dangerous weapons in shape only; unlike much of the vegetation of the button-grass moorlands, they are smooth and gentle on the skin.

There are four types of Xyris in Tasmania – these sedges are commonly known as yellow-eyes due to their quite showy, three-petalled yellow flowers, held aloft on elongated, loosely twisted stems.

Although Xyris flowers in summer, they were pretty much done by the time I made it to Melaleuca.  However, you can find many pretty photos of them on Flickr here.

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Xyris operculata, traditional ink-stylee, borrowed from classicnatureprints.com

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