Cyperus gunnii ssp. gunnii

Flecked Flat-sedge

Densely tufted perennial herb spreading from short thick underground stems. Flowering stems rigid, triangular. Bract at base of flowerhead leaf-like, 2-3 times the length of flowerhead.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-1.5 m x spreading
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesLeaves folded, partitioned within, swollen at partitions, as long or longer than stems.
  • Flower colourBright brown
  • Flowering timeOctober to April
  • FlowersSimple or branched flowerhead with 5-8 primary branches to 12 cm long. Many flattened spikelets in dense spikes, 6-15 narrow flowers per spikelet; stem within spikelet winged.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist swampy soils which may dry out in summer, in lowland areas. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useA spreading sedge for low moist sites in gardens and beside water areas.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
Photographer/s: Peter Kinchington ©

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