Schoenoplectus pungens (Vahl) Palla

Sharp Club-rush

Bot.Jahrb. Syst. 10: 299 (1889) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial with long rhizome. Culms triquetrous, 20–60 cm high, to 3 mm diam. Leaves with blade to 20 cm long. Inflorescence a cluster of 1–5 spikelets; involucral bract 3–6 cm long. Spikelets ovoid, acute, 6–10(–35) mm long, 3–5 mm diam; glumes strongly retuse, mucronate, ciliate or glabrous, dark red-brown, 4–5 mm long; style 3-fid; hypogynous bristles 5 or 6, retrorsely scabrous, as long as or shorter than the nut. Nut obovoid, plano-convex, grey-brown to very dark brown, smooth, shining or not, more than half as long as the glume, c. 3 mm long, c. 2 mm diam. Flowers spring.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, MuF, MuM, OtP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Europe, the Americas. Locally common fringing lakes in the cool, south-western sector of the State, but with isolated occurrences at e.g. Lake Albacutya in the north-west, Bruthen, Marlo and Mallacoota areas in the east; occurring on both heavy clay and sandy soils.

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, 2018-07-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Schoenoplectus pungens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Schoenoplectus pungens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory