Carex austrotenella K.L.Wilson

Delicate Hook-sedge

Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 179: 29 (2015) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small, densely tufted perennial, with very slender rhizome. Culms subterete, compressed, smooth, filiform, to 15 cm high, 0.2–0.4 mm diam. Leaves filiform, about as long as culms, 0.5–1 mm diam. Inflorescence ± loose, with 6–12 female spikelets and 3 or 4 male spikelets at apex, 0.7–1.5 cm long, with male portion 2–4 mm long; female glumes deciduous, acute, whitish to pale brown, membranous, with a ± prominent keel, otherwise nerveless, 3.5–4 mm long; stamens 2; utricles trigonous, narrow-ellipsoid, smooth, shining, obliquely spreading, yellow-brown, about as long as glume, 3.5–4 mm long, 0.8–1 mm diam.; rachilla produced far beyond mouth of utricle, strongly hooked at the top. Nut trigonous, narrow-ellipsoid, yellow-brown to grey-brown, glistening, minutely pustulate, 2–2.7 mm long, 0.8–1 mm diam. Flowers summer.

CVU, EGL, EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Common in cool, shaded tall open-forest and cool-temperate rainforests, chiefly at higher altitudes, but near sea-level in parts of the Otway Range and Wilsons Promontory.

The only Carex species in Victoria that has 2 stamens.

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2015-08-27
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Carex
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Carex austrotenella in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carex austrotenella in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory