Lepidosperma urophorum

Tailed Rapier-sedge

Tufted perennial sedge, spreading by very short underground stems. Stems faintly ribbed, stiff, erect or arching, rounded, margins smooth, 8-18mm diam.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-2 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves either similar to stems but shorter to 1 mm diam or more usually reduced, to 2 cm long. Sheaths dull, blackish to very dark red.
  • Flower colourGrey-brown to red brown
  • Flowering timeJuly to September
  • FlowersFew spikelets in one to several spikes 3-8 cm long, flowerhead narrow to fan-shaped. Leafy bract below flowers shorter than flowerhead. Nut pale brown to dark grey, wrinkled or smooth.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsRocky, moist well drained soils in drier forests. Frost tolerant. Semi shade.
  • Garden useUseful plant for moist areas around ponds and dams and along water courses.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites near the Shire boundary
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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