Isolepis cernua

Nodding, Low or Grassy Club-sedge

Tufted or clumping perennial sedge, spreading from underground stems. Stems thread-like.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size2-20 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves reduced to a basal sheath, absent or occasionally to 4 cm long. Leafy bract below flowerhead slightly longer than spikelet, to 1 cm long.
  • Flower colourStraw-coloured to red- or orange-brown
  • Flowering timeSpring to Summer
  • FlowersSingle, occasionally 3 spikelets 2-6 mm long. Lower bracts spirally arranged, rounded tip, 2-6 veins. Nut with angled edges, shiny yellow-brown to dark grey-brown.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils which do not dry out in swampy areas and floodplains. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useGrow along edges of water areas and in bog gardens which will not dry out.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from few local sites. Widespread in southern half of Victoria.
  • Related speciesDistinguish from Isolepis platycarpa by the larger yellow- to grey-brown nut which has more angular edges and smaller network of veins over it.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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