Carex austrocompacta K.L.Wilson

Compact Hook-sedge

Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 179: 29 (2015) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Loosely tufted perennial with slender rhizome. Culms triquetrous, usually scabrous above, 8–35 cm high, 0.8–1.1 mm diam. Leaves quite thick and stiff, often broadly keeled, shorter than or equalling culms, 2–3.5 mm wide. Inflorescence ± dense, 0.8–2.5 cm long including male portion 6–11 mm long; female glumes deciduous, acute, faintly few-nerved, straw-coloured to yellow-brown, often tinged red-brown on sides, membranous, with narrow hyaline margins, 4–5 mm long; stamens 3; utricles trigonous, ovoid to ellipsoid, tapering to base and apex, smooth and shining, shorter than or equalling glumes, obliquely spreading at maturity, 4.5–5 mm long, 1.8–2 mm diam.; rachilla produced far beyond mouth of utricle, strongly hooked at the top. Nut obovoid, dark brown, glistening, minutely pustulate, c. 3 mm long, c. 2 mm diam. Flowers summer.

VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Very rare, in subalpine and alpine herbfields and Eucalyptus pauciflora woodlands.

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2015-08-27
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 austrocompacta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carex austrocompacta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory