Hypolaena fastigiata R.Br.

Tassel Rope-rush

Prodr. 251 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems 20–50 cm long, ± minutely woolly hairy when young, hairs white, glabrescent when mature. Sheathing leaves 3–15(–20) mm long, mid to dark brown, closely appressed; margin membranous and often shortly jagged as if torn; apex acute and sometimes aristate. Floral bracts of female spikelets as for sheathing leaves; floral bracts of male spikelets shorter than those of female spikelets. Male spikelets 3–8 mm long, forming nodding or erect inflorescences. Male flowers with anthers almost sessile. Female spikelets in distal axils, sessile, 4–8 mm long; floral bracts tightly inrolled. Female flowers with perianth shorter than ovary; style branches free from near base or at least free on distal half, exserted and straight to slightly recurved or spreading. Flowers throughout year, especially from Aug.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except NT and ACT. Common in heathland in sandy soil.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Restionaceae. 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, 2018-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
genus Hypolaena
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hypolaena fastigiata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hypolaena fastigiata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory