Schoenus nitens (R.Br.) Roem. & Schult.

Shiny Bog-rush

Syst. Veg. 2: 77 (1817) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, with slender creeping rhizome. Culms erect, rigid, grooved, nodeless, 3–37 cm high, 0.5–1 mm diam. Leaves with blade to 16 cm long; sheath red-brown, smooth or striate, shining; mouth glabrous; ligule present. Inflorescence head-like, loosely hemispherical, or reduced to 1 spikelet, erect, 0.2–1 cm diam.; lowest involucral bract to 6 cm long. Spikelets ovate, acute, 2–3-flowered, 3–5 mm long; glumes 4–7, lowest 1–3 empty, obtuse to broad-acute, red-brown to dark yellow-brown, ± shining, with glabrous, hyaline, red-dotted margins; fertile glumes 2.7–4 mm long; hypogynous bristles 6, plumose, as long as or longer than nut. Nut trigonous, ellipsoid to obovoid, angles not ribbed, smooth or minutely and faintly pitted, glabrous, shining, straw-coloured to golden-brown, 1.1–1.6 mm long, 0.7–1.1 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. New Guinea, South America. Usually in damp areas behind beaches or beside brackish soaks and salt lakes further inland.

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, 2018-10-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Schoenus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Schoenus nitens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Schoenus nitens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales