Carex iynx

Tussock Sedge

Densely tufted perennial sedge spreading from a short underground stem. Flowering stem upright, round to triangular in cross section to 1.7mm diam, smooth to rough.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Sizeto 40 cm high, stems 0.2-1 m long
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves longer than flowering stems, 3-6 mm wide. Sheath dark yellow-brown, retained around base as fibrous remains.
  • Flower colourPale yellow-brown
  • Flowering timeSeptember to April
  • FlowersFlowerhead 20-45 cm long, 1-5 densely flowered spikes per node; upper 1-4 spikes short stalked, male; lower spikes female or mixed, on long drooping stalks. Fruit 2-lobed on top, style 3-branched. Nut yellow-brown.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsFertile alluvial soil in depressions of floodplain woodland. Semi shade.
  • Garden useMoist protected gardens by water areas.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. There is a rare occurrence of this species on the Yarra Flats
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

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  • 35 Floodplain Wetland Complex (EVC 172)
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