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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Cyperus lucidus
synonym:   Mariscus lucidus
Common Name:common leaf-rush , cutting grass , cutty , leafy flat-sedge , leafy flat sedge , moo-oo grass
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Rush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Aquatic
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Wet, Boggy, Aquatic
1.5 m high
Foliage:Densely tufted perennial herb spreading from short thick underground stems. Flowering stems rigid, triangular. 5-10 bracts at base of flowerhead, 5-15cm long.
Flowers:Brown to coppery branched flowerheads with 6-10 primary branches to 20 cm long, divided into dense, oval to cylindric spikes 1-3 cm long. Many rounded or flattened 4-10-flowered spikelets; stem within spikelet broadly winged, October-February.

A spreading sedge for low moist sites in gardens and beside water areas. Food plant for caterpillars, also a habitat for frogs.

Likes moist swampy soils and edges of streams which may dry out in summer. Full sun, semi shade to full shade.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. Australian National Botanic Garden
  6. iNaturalist
  7. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  8. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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