Flowering stem. Photo: Russell Best, Wyperfeld National Park, Vic

Flowering stem. Photo: Chris Lindorff, Ned's Corner Station, Lake Cullulleraine, Vic.

Common Name

Spiny Sedge, Spiny Flat -sedge




Perennial sedge to 70cm tall.  Leaves at the base of the plant, reduced to membranous sheaths at the base of the flower stems except in juvenile plants.  Spikelets 3-6mm long, 2-3mm wide, reddish brown or pale brown, with 0 petals, arranged in globular heads often with 1-6 subsidiary clusters, subtended by 2-6 rigid narrow green bracts with margins curved inwards, and sharp-pointed, often spiny, tips. Grows near water.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 161

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