Carex alsophila F.Muell.

Forest Sedge

Fragm. 8: 257 (1874) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizome short; shoots densely tufted. Culms erect, triquetrous, smooth or scabrous, 30–45 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm diam. Leaves exceeding culms, to 10 mm wide, septate-nodulose (obvious when dried); sheath pale brown, often tinged red-brown; ligule acute. Inflorescence narrow, erect, 17–20 cm long, with spikes solitary at nodes; lowest involucral bracts exceeding inflorescence. Spikes sessile or short-pedunculate, distant, erect to spreading at maturity, 3–5 cm long; upper 1–4 spikes entirely male or rarely uppermost spike with female flowers above; lower spikes entirely female or with male flowers above; male glumes obtuse, hyaline and erose, pale brown, often tinged red-brown; female glumes acuminate to obtuse, often shortly mucronate, green tinged red-brown, with irregularly hyaline margins, 4–6 mm long; utricles 4–6 mm long, 1.5–2 mm diam., ovoid, strongly but irregularly few-nerved, glabrous, green, with beak 0.7–1.5 mm long, with apex notched or bifid and often minutely hispid; style 3-fid. Nut obovoid, trigonous, pale yellow. Flowers summer.

GipP, HSF, VAlp. Endemic in Victoria where occurring in mountain gullies and swamps between Gembrook, Alexandra and Erica, but often locally rather common.

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, 2018-10-10
Distribution map
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 alsophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carex alsophila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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