Plants of the Castlemaine District
Flecked Flat-sedge - a native (Cyperus gunnii)
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family).
Native of eastern Australia.
Occurrence: A wetland plant. Lake beds, beside streams etc.
- as with many sedges, the stems are triangular in cross section
- it usually grows to about a metre
- the flowers are numerous, and clustered into dense heads
- the flowers contain numerous (about 12) brown scales (glumes)
- the flowers radiate so that the flower clusters have a starry appearance
- three or four long leaves (bracts) radiate from the base of the flowers
- the leaves at the base are long and grass-like.
The flowers often have a flecked appearance.
Similar species: The introduced Drain Flat-sedge has green flowers. Several native sedges
resemble Flecked Flat-sedge. Giant Sedge (Cyperus exaltatus) is taller (to 2 m) and has more
flowers and larger clusters. Flat Sedge (Cyperus lhotskyanus) is smaller (10-60 cm) and has relatively stout flower stalks.
Photos 1,2: Flecked Flat-sedge. Loddon River at Glenluce.