Carex chlorantha

Green-top Sedge

Loosely tufted sedge spreading from long underground stems. Flowering stems erect, rough above, 3-angled to 35cm high, leafy bract shorter than flowerhead.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-35 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves to 1.7 mm wide, shorter than flowering stems. Sheath pale brown, appendage rounded.
  • Flower colourDark yellow- to red-brown
  • Flowering timeSpring -Summer
  • FlowersNarrow, erect flowerhead 1-2.5 cm long; 4-12 scattered stalkless spikes to 5 mm long, 1 per node; upper spike male above, female below; lower spikes female or with male above. Fruit narrow, oval, tip split.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soil in sedgelands and fresh water to 300 mm deep. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useUseful as a small sedge beside water areas and in shallow ponds and dams.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. There is a rare occurrence of this species on the Yarra Flats. It is also an uncommon species for Victoria.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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