Carex blakei Nelmes

Alpine Sedge

Bull Misc. Inform. 1939: 311 (1939) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizome usually long; shoots ± densely tufted. Culms mostly enclosed in leaf-sheaths, much shorter than inflorescence, erect, trigonous, smooth or scabrous, 2–10 cm long, 1–2 mm diam. Leaves usually shorter than inflorescence, 4–6 mm wide; sheath yellow- to red-brown, occasionally faintly red-dotted; ligule truncate or rounded, occasionally red-dotted. Inflorescence narrow, erect, 8–35 cm long, with 3–6 spikes solitary at nodes, with very long internode between the lowest and next node; involucral bracts of upper nodes exceeding inflorescence but lowest bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikes shortly pedunculate to sessile, the upper ones contiguous, the lower very distant, spreading to erect at maturity, 1–3 cm long; uppermost spike (rarely 2 or 3) male; lower spikes female; glumes obtuse to retuse, erose, shortly mucronate, pale brown tinged red-brown to evenly dark red-brown; female glumes 3–3.5 mm long (including mucro 0.5–1 mm long); utricles 3.3–4.0 mm long, 1.4–2 mm diam., ellipsoid, faintly numerous-nerved, often minutely hispid on shoulders and beak, pale brown, red-dotted; beak 0.5–0.8 mm long, with apex bifid to notched; style 3-fid. Nut obovoid to broad-obovoid, trigonous, dark yellow-brown. Flowers summer.

HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Locally common in alps and subalps (e.g. Lake Mountain, Baw Baws, Mt Buffalo, Snowy Range, Bogong High Plains) particularly in sodden grassland and at margins of Sphagnum bog communities.

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 Carex
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Carex blakei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carex blakei in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory