Isolepis wakefieldiana (S.T.Blake) K.L.Wilson

Telopea 2: 170 (1981) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Slender tufted perennial, occasionally proliferating from the inflorescence. Culms to 40 cm high, to 1 mm diam. Leaf-blades occasionally to 6 cm long. Spikelets 3–15 per inflorescence or solitary, sessile, 3–5 mm long; involucral bract often exceeding inflorescence, to 16 mm long; glumes obtuse, minutely mucronate, sides with 4–7 irregular nerves, hyaline to straw-coloured or dark red-brown, 1.5–2 mm long; stamens 1 or rarely 2; style usually 3-fid. Nut ± unequally trigonous, obovoid to ellipsoid or broad-ellipsoid, striate and trabeculate, shining, straw-coloured, about half as long as glume, 0.7–0.9 mm long, 0.5–0.7 mm diam. Flowers summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtR, VVP. Also Tas. Scattered in cooler parts of Victoria (e.g. Halls Gap, Cape Otway, Healesville, Gelantipy, Marlo, Cann River and Genoa areas). Apparently uncommon, but possibly overlooked due to its superficial similarity to Isolepis inundata.

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, 2017-11-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Isolepis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Isolepis wakefieldiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Isolepis wakefieldiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

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