Australian Native Plants

  Fimbristylis ferruginea (Rusty Sedge)


Fimbristylis ferruginea photo
Fimbristylis ferruginea

Photograph by Harry Rose. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Fimbristylis ferruginea photo
Fimbristylis ferruginea

Photograph by Harry Rose. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Fimbristylis ferruginea photo
Fimbristylis ferruginea flower head

Photograph by Harry Rose. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, Common saltmarsh plants of Queensland, https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/common-saltmarsh-plants-of-queensland Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



RUSTY SEDGE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Fimbristylis ferruginea in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Rusty Sedge

Other Names
Fringe-rush

Description
Fimbristylis ferruginea is tufted (20-65 cm tall) with very short rhizomes.
Flowers appear on a single spikelet, sometimes on 1 or 2 lateral spikelets.
It has a brown membranous sheath around its stems. The spikelets are solitary and brown, with many flowers that usually number 1-10 (sometimes up to 25, but this number is very rare).
Rusty sedge has distinctive rusty brown flowers. Rusty sedge flowers from February to July.

Habitat
Along watercourses, streams, swamps, salt marsh

Distribution
Rusty Sedge is found in coastal areas around northern and eastern Australia, in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory,

Growth Characteristics
Height: 0.3m - 0.6m
Spread: 0.3m - 0.6m



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Poales
Family:Cyperaceae
Genus:Fimbristylis
Species:ferruginea
Common Name:Rusty Sedge