Carex alsophila

Forest Sedge

Densely tufted sedge spreading from short underground stems. Flowering stems erect, rough or smooth, 3-angled in cross section, to 45cm high, leafy bract longer than flowerhead.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size30-50 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves to 10 mm wide, swollen at inner partitions. Longer than flowering stems. Sheath pale brown with reddish tinges, appendage pointed.
  • Flower colourMale - pale brown; female - green; both tinged reddish
  • Flowering timeSummer
  • FlowersNarrow erect flowerhead 17-20 cm long; spikes distant, 1 per node; upper 1-4 spikes male; lower spikes mostly female. Fruit green, veined, tip notched, long beak. Nut pale yellow.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soils in forests of mountain gullies and swamps. Semi shade.
  • Garden useMoist shady gardens underplanting trees.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Known from a few sites in the Shire where it may be locally common. Endemic to Victoria.

Plant Communities

  • 09 Myrtle Beech Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC31)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
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