Eleocharis gracilis

Slender Spike-sedge

Slender leafless tufted or solitary perennial herb spreading by short underground stems. Flowering stems round or flattened, grooved.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20 cm high
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesLeaf sheath at base of stem oblique with small point.
  • Flower colourRed-brown
  • Flowering timeOctober to June
  • FlowersTerminal oblong spikelet often wider than stem, 5-9 mm x 2-4 mm. 5-6 flattened, pale brown toothed bristles from base of shiny golden-brown nut.
  • Bird attractingHabitat - nesting and/or safety
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsSeasonally wet soils, tolerating drying out in summer, in mountain swamp gum woodland. Semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant around pools and in wet or boggy areas.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: Peter Kinchington ©

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