Carex breviculmis

Family Cyperaceae

Densely tufted perennial herb with short rhizome; leaves to 20 cm high and flowering stems usually 4 cm long. Longevity indefinite.

Flowers: September – October. Probably wind pollinated.

Fruit: Triangular nut, September – December.


Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Grassland habitat.
  • Rare in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Inconspicous, only recognisable when flowering.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Carex breviculmis plant

Carex breviculmis flower