Stems 50-150 cm long, green tissue forming a continuous cylindric outer layer (not interrupted), not striate, distally bearing numerous, repeatedly branched, thread-like, sterile branches, often with long woolly hairs exserted from leaflike bracts. Sheathing leaves 10–35 mm long, closely appressed, becoming brown; apex acute to acuminate; those leaf-like bracts subtending the inflorescence clusters often with long woolly hairs. Male spikelets 2.5–7 mm long. Male flowers with 6 membranous (glume-like) perianth parts; anthers exserted on slender filaments. Female spikelets 5–12 mm long; floral bracts overlapping, 3.3–5 mm long (those of male spikelets 1.8–4 mm long), with apex aristate. Style exserted and usually curved. Flowers (Sept.–)Oct.–Apr.(Jul.).
DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Common along streams, pools and swamps, frequent in peat and moist soils.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|