Baumea articulata (R.Br.) ST.Blake

Jointed Twig-rush

Contr. Queensland Herb. 8: 28 (1969) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial with short, stout rhizome. Culms rigid, terete, transversely septate (not obvious when fresh), nodeless, striate, smooth or scabrous, 90–200 cm high, 4–10 mm diam. Leaves basal; blade culm-like, equalling or exceeding culm, to 10 mm diam.; sheath straw-coloured, dull. Inflorescence oblong in outline, loose, drooping, 15–45 cm long, to 10 cm diam.; lowest involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets numerous, 2–5-flowered, 3.5–5 mm long; glumes 4–7, acute, often mucronate, red-brown, glabrous; fertile glumes 3.5–5 mm long. Nut ellipsoid to ovoid, strongly and irregularly wrinkled, ± smooth at apex and base and on the 3 angles, hispid or papillose at apex, ± dull, pale to dark red-brown, 1.8–2.3 mm long, 1.2–1.4 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia etc. In standing water of lagoons, deeper swamps, and slow-moving streams.

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, 2018-06-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Baumea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Baumea articulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Baumea articulata 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
Victorian Riverina 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
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory