Seed head. Photo: Russell Best, Big Desert, Vic

Plant. Photo: Russell Best, Big Desert, Vic

Flower stems and leaf bases. Photo: John Tann, Sydney, NSW

Common Name

Sticky Sword-sedge




Perennial sedge to 60cm tall. Leaves basal, with a hairless sticky sheath at the base, as long as the flower stems, 2-7mm wide, flat, hairless, sticky, margins very rough, sticky, often with short hairs. Spikelets with 0 petals, red-brown to blackish-brown, 4-7mm long, in oblong spike-like clusters along the stem, each with a leaf-like bract at the base. Grows on sand hills in mallee communities.

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 168

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