Schoenus maschalinus Roem. & Schult.

Leafy Bog-rush

Syst. Veg. 2: 77 (1817) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small, loosely mat-forming perennial. Culms very slender and flaccid, decumbent, usually branched and rooting from nodes, 4–20 cm high, 0.3–0.5 mm diam. Leaves with blade to 3 cm long; sheath straw-coloured to reddish, striate, ± shining; mouth glabrous; ligule absent. Inflorescence with 2–6 nodes, each with 1 or 2 spikelets, 3–8 cm long; lowest involucral bract to 2 cm long. Spikelets ovate, acute, 1–2-flowered, 2–4 mm long; glumes 3–5, lowest 1 or 2 empty, acute, whitish to dark red-brown, ± shining, with glabrous margins, midvein often scabrous; fertile glumes 2–3.5 mm long; hypogynous bristles 6 (rarely fewer), not plumose, shorter than nut. Nut trigonous, ellipsoid, 3-ribbed, minutely pitted or reticulate to smooth, glabrous, glistening or shining, white to straw-coloured, 0.8–1.3 mm long, 0.6–0.8 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. New Zealand, Mariana Islands, Malesia. In damp, often shaded sites (creek margins, swamps etc.) in cooler parts of the State, extending from near sea-level to the subalps.

Source: Wilson, K.L. (1994). Cyperaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Schoenus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Schoenus maschalinus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Schoenus maschalinus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory