Oreobolus distichus

Fan Tuft-rush

Small herb forming dense mats.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 10 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves often in 2 opposite rows, forming a flat plane; sheath with rounded projections, base thick, channelled 6-30 mm long, leaf blade 8-50 mm x 0.5-1 mm, tip rounded.
  • Flower colourWhitish with green tip to pale brown
  • Flowering timeSummer
  • FlowersFlowerhead a single terminal spikelet 7-23 mm long. Pale to dark yellow-brown egg-shaped nut with pointed tip.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soils in sub alpine heaths and grasslands. Full sun, semi shade. Frost and snow tolerant.
  • Garden useInteresting little sedge for moist cold gardens providing a dense groundcover.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common in the eastern highlands.
Photographer/s: Greg Jordan, © University of Tasmania

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