Cyperus gunnii subsp. gunnii

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tall, tufted perennial with short thick rhizome. Culms trigonous to terete, smooth or occasionally scabrous, to 150 cm high, 1.7–4 mm diam. Leaves septate-nodulose, as long as or exceeding culms, to 6.5 mm wide. Inflorescence simple to compound with 5–8 primary branches to 12 cm long; clusters dense, spicate to subdigitate, globose, to 2 cm diam.; involucral bracts leaf-like, 2 or 3 much longer than inflorescence. Spikelets flattened, numerous per cluster, 6–15 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide in side view, 6–15-flowered; rachilla narrowly to broadly winged; glume spacing 1.2–2.2 mm; spikelet falling as unit, or rachilla persistent; glumes broad-acute with mucro to 0.2 mm long, with sides 2–4-nerved, usually red-brown to dark red-brown, 2–2.7 mm long; stamens 3; style 3-fid. Nut trigonous, narrow-ellipsoid, pale yellow-brown to dark brown, c. three-quarters as long as glume, 1.5–2.2 mm long, 0.3–0.7 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Scattered in lowland swamps and along streams in the central part of the State, uncommon to rare in the north-west, south-west and far east. .

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.
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Cyperus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cyperus gunnii subsp. gunnii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cyperus gunnii subsp. gunnii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory