Ficinia nodosa (Rottb.) Goetgh., Muasya & D.A.Simpson

Novon 10: 133 (2000) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizomatous perennial. Culms 15–100 cm high, 1–2 mm diam., spread along relatively stout, tough rhizome. Leaves reduced to orange-brown sheaths. Inflorescence a dense globose or hemispherical head 7–20 mm diam., with numerous spikelets; involucral bract rigid, pungent, exceeding inflorescence; glumes obtuse, sides irregularly several-nerved, red-brown, 2–2.5 mm long; stamens 3; anthers c. 1 mm long; style 3-fid. Nut plano-convex to unequally trigonous, irregularly ellipsoid, smooth, glossy, dark brown to black, about half as long as glume, c. 1 mm long, c. 0.7 mm diam., with small basal hyaline or white lobed disk deciduous or persistent. Flowers spring.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Widespread on near-coastal sandy soils, with inland occurrences in sandy mallee tracts, the Grampians, heathlands of the south-west and margins of saline and subsaline lakes and watercourses on and near the basalt plain.

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 (as Isolepis nodosa (Rottb.) R.Br.).
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Ficinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Ficinia nodosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ficinia nodosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain 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
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory