Isolepis aucklandica

New Zealand Club-sedge

Clump-forming perennial sedge spreading from short thread-like underground stems. Stems thread-like.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 12 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves basal, shorter than stems. Leafy bract much longer than spikelet, falling off early.
  • Flower colourPale brown, tinged dark red-brown
  • Flowering timeSummer
  • FlowersSingle spikelet 1-2.5 mm long, partly enclosed by bract. Lower bracts spirally arranged, pointed, veined. Nut triangular.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsBoggy soil in drier forest. Also occurs in subalpine areas just outside the Shire. Semi shade.
  • Garden useSmall sedge for a bog garden.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1 C. Totterdell © Australian National Botanic Gardens; 2, 3 Nick Fitzgerald, © University of Tasmania

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