Baumea gunnii (Hook.f.) S.T.Blake

Slender Twig-rush

Contrib. Queensland Herb. 8: 27 (1969) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender tufted perennial with very short rhizome. Culms slender, rigid, ± terete, nodeless, striate, glabrous, minutely scabrous to smooth, 20–100 cm high, 0.8–1.5 mm diam. Leaves basal; blade culm-like, as long as to slightly exceeding culm, 0.7–1.5 mm diam., or reduced; sheath reddish or straw-coloured (but then usually with reddish tinges), dull. Inflorescence interrupted-oblong in outline, narrow, erect, 4–30 cm (rarely to 60 cm) long, to 1.5 cm diam.; lowest involucral bract much shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets few, 1-flowered, 4.5–8 mm long; glumes 2–4, acute, red-brown to grey-brown, margins glabrous; fertile glumes 4.5–7 mm long. Nut ovoid or globose, ± smooth, minutely hispid or papillose at extreme apex only, ± shining, yellow-brown to black, 2.5–3.6 mm long, 1.3–1.8 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. New Guinea, New Caledonia. Widespread, but seldom common, occurring in wet heathlands and swampy woodlands from near sea-level to the subalps in the eastern ranges.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Baumea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Baumea gunnii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Baumea gunnii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory