Baumea gunnii

Slender Twig-sedge

Slender tufted perennial sedge spreading from very short underground stems. Stiff erect flowering stems are ridged, round in cross section to 1.5mm wide, nodeless.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1 m high
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesBasal leaves only, similar to stems in size and shape, or reduced to sheaths; sheath dull, reddish or straw-coloured.
  • Flower colourRed-brown to greyish
  • Flowering timeSeptember to March
  • FlowersErect, oblong flowerhead 4-30 cm long, few 1-flowered spikelets scattered along branches. Bract at base of flowerhead shorter than flowerhead. Nut to 3.6 mm, shiny, yellow-brown to black, round.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soils in swamps and heathy woodland. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useUseful in permanently moist areas, bog gardens, beside ponds and in water run-off areas.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusRestricted distribution within the Shire where it is seldom abundant.
Photographer/s: 1-3 Andre Messina, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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