Lepidosperma forsythii

Large-flowered Rapier Sedge

Tufted perennial sedge spreading from short underground stems. Flowering stems rigid, erect, rounded to 2mm diam.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems 0.6-1.2 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves reduced to 10 cm x less than 1 mm diam, sheaths dull, very dark red-brown to dark grey-brown, light near the tip.
  • Flower colourLight red-brown to grey-brown
  • Flowering timeSeptember to February
  • FlowersErect, short, oblong flower spike 2-6 cm long; central stem zigzagging; leaf-like bract at base of flower shorter than flowerhead. Few small spikelets. Nut smooth, grey-brown.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWet soil in dense riparian heathland. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useBog gardens and pool edges.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Scattered disjunct sites in Victoria.
Photographer/s: 1 George Stolfo. Flora of Melbourne ©; 2 Threatened Species Section (2019). Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species.www.threatenedspecieslink.tas.gov.au. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania.

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