Fimbristylis dichotoma

Family Cyperaceae

Short lived tufted perennial herb with very short rhizome and fine fibrous roots to 3 cm; flowering stems compressed, usually 10-75 cm high and much shorter leaves. Variable species with several forms. Longevity 2 - 5 years.

Flowers: January to May.

Fruit: Biconvex nut.

Seed: Locally dispersed. Fresh seed dormant.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat.
  • Rare in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Possibly eaten by rabbits.


Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Fimbristylis dichotoma plant

Fimbristylis dichotoma flower

Fimbristylis dichotoma seed