Carex archeri Boott

Archer's Sedge

in Hook.f., Fl. Tasman. 2: 98 , pl. 150 fig. A (1859) (1858)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Rhizome long; shoots ± loosely tufted. Culms erect, slender, terete, smooth, 3–25 cm long, c. 0.5 mm diam. Leaves usually shorter than culms, 0.3–0.5 mm wide; sheath dark yellow-brown; ligule truncate to rounded. Inflorescence erect, 0.5–0.7 cm long, with 1 few-flowered spike; lowest involucral bract exceeding inflorescence. Spike short, with very short portion of male flowers above the few (3–6) female flowers; glumes obtuse to acute, red-brown with narrow hyaline margins; female glumes 2.5–4(–5) mm long; utricles stipitate, 3–5 mm long, c. 1 mm diam., ellipsoid to ovoid, ± falcate, nerveless or faintly nerved, glabrous or hispidulous on upper margins, red-brown to dark red-brown; beak 1–2.5 mm long, with apex notched; style 3-fid. Nut narrow-ellipsoid, trigonous, pale yellow-brown. Flowers summer.

HNF, HSF, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Scattered and apparently rare in higher alpine areas (e.g. Mts Hotham, Feathertop and Bogong) with isolated occurrences on the Snowy Range and near Cravensville. Very seldom collected since 1950.

Inflorescence a single spike as in C. capillacea and C. cephalotes. It differs from both species in having the lowest involucral bract exceeding the inflorescence. From C. capillacea it differs further in the male part of the spike being shorter than the female part, and from C. capillacea it differs further in having shorter spikes, and less female flowers.

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, 2018-07-24
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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 archeri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carex archeri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales