Baloskion tetraphyllum ssp. tetraphyllum

Tassel Cord-rush

Erect, bright green perennial tussock with smooth stems, feathery appearance from repeated thread-like branching along the stem. Spreads from woolly, creeping underground stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymRestio tetraphylla
  • FamilyRestionaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-1.5 m high
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesBrown sheathing leaf-like bracts 10-35 mm long. Long woolly hairs on bracts at base of flowerhead.
  • Flower colourBrown to reddish
  • Flowering timeOctober to April
  • FlowersPlants male or female. Loose tassel-like flowerheads of oval to round spikelets. Male spikelets to 7 mm long, female 5-12 mm long.
  • Bird attractingHabitat - nesting and/or safety
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to permanently wet soil along watercourses and in swamps, tolerating periods of drying out. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive clumping plant for water areas, especially around dam edges and beside ornamental ponds.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusRestricted distribution within the Shire. May be locally common.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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