Carex austroflaccida

Mountain Hook-sedge

Slender tufted perennial sedge spreading on a fine short underground stem. Flowering stems slender to 0.7mm wide, smooth, triangular.

Additional information

  • SynonymUncinia flaccida
  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-40 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesSlender flat or folded leaves to 1.8 mm wide, shorter than flowering stems.
  • Flower colourStraw-coloured
  • Flowering timeSummer
  • FlowersSingle loose terminal spike 1.5-3 cm long, male spikelets above female spikelets; 3 stamens. Shiny 3-angled sac holds female floret, long bristle emerges from sac, end distinctly hooked.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsHumus-rich soils beside rocks in rainforests and subalpine forests. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useInteresting little tuft needing specialised conditions.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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