Carex iynx Nelmes

Tussock Sedge

Proc. Linn. Soc. London session 155: 279 (1944) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome short; shoots densely tufted. Culms erect, terete to trigonous, smooth to scabrous, 20–100 cm long, c. 1.7 mm diam. Leaves exceeding culms, 3–6 mm wide; sheath dark yellow-brown, persisting as fibrous remains; ligule retuse. Inflorescence spreading to drooping, 20–45 cm long, usually longer than culm, with 1–5 spikes per node; lowest involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikes long-pedunculate, distant, spreading to erect at maturity, 3–5.5 cm long; upper 1–4 spikes male; lower spikes entirely female or with various arrangements of male and female flowers; glumes retuse to obtuse, often erose, long-mucronate, pale yellow-brown; female glumes 4–8 mm long (including mucro to 1.5 mm long); utricles 5–7 mm long, c. 1.5 mm diam., ellipsoid, several-nerved (faintly so adaxially), hispid above, pale green to brown; beak 1.0–1.5 mm long, with apex 2-fid; style 3-fid. Nut obovoid, trigonous, yellow-brown. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp, VVP, WaP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Naturalized in New Zealand. Occasional on relatively fertile soil in depressions and fringing watercourses; chiefly west of Melbourne, occasional at higher altitudes in the east.

Very similar to Carex longebrachiata. As in C. longebrachiata, the spikes are arranged in clusters of 2–5 at same nodes. (See notes under C. longebrachiata).

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 iynx in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carex iynx in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland 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 Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory