Carex brownii

Stream Sedge

Loosely tufted sedge spreading from long underground stems. Flowering stems erect, noded, rough above, 3-angled to 1m high, leafy bract longer than flowerhead.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.2-1 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves 4-6 mm wide, shorter than flowering stems. Sheath pale to dark brown, appendage blunt.
  • Flower colourWhitish with green midrib
  • Flowering timeSeptember to February
  • FlowersErect flowerhead 2-20 cm long; 3-4 stalkless spikes, 1 per node, lowest much below others; upper spike all male, or female in the middle; lower spikes female, bracts with long bristle. Dark fruit veined, notched tip.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils on floodplains. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant beside water areas or in bog gardens.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Uncommon in Victoria.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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