Lepironia articulata - Grey Sedge

Lepironia articulata

Grey Sedge

Family: Cyperaceae (Sedges)
Habitat: Freshwater
Uses: Woody underground stems can be eaten raw or cooked
Season:
References: Low

Lepironia articulata, Grey Sedge, is the only species wordwide in the genus Lepironia. The woody underground stems can be eaten raw or cooked, though according to Tim Low they are only a starvation food.

Grey sedge is found growing in and next to waterholes within a couple of hundred kilometres of the coasts of NSW and parts of the QLD and NT coasts. The round grey stems are long, up to 2 metres tall. Their height and grey colour makes them stand out from other freshwater plants. The flower spike is 1-3 cm long and grows near the tip of the stem.

Lepironia articulata - Grey Sedge
Photo: Lepironia articulata, Grey Sedge, Blue Mountains NSW. Higher resolution (2000 x 3008).

Lepironia articulata - Grey Sedge
Photo: Lepironia articulata, Grey Sedge, Blue Mountains NSW.

Lepironia articulata - Grey Sedge
Photo: Lepironia articulata, Grey Sedge, Blue Mountains NSW. Higher resolution (2000 x 3008).

Lepironia articulata - Grey Sedge
Photo: Lepironia articulata, Grey Sedge, Blue Mountains NSW. Higher resolution (2000 x 3008).

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