Lepyrodia muelleri

Common or Erect Scale-rush

Erect perennial herb with male and female flowers either separately on the same plant or on separate plants. Stems usually unbranched.

Additional information

  • FamilyRestionaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems 0.4-0.7 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves reduced to sheathing bracts spaced along the stems, sheaths ridged, 10-30 mm long.
  • Flower colourPale brown
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersShortly stalked clusters of flowers; erect oval floral bracts surrounding the base of each cluster, tip pointed.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet swampy soils in heathy woodlands. Semi shade.
  • Garden useAn interesting small rush for seasonally wet areas of the garden, in bog gardens or beside water features.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusRestricted distribution within the Shire but locally abundant. More common south of the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 6 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Ian Clarke, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 4, 5 Peter Kinchington ©

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