|Scientific Name:||Schoenus nitens|
Native to Australia, New Guinea and South America.
Perennial sedge with a slender creeping rhizome. Stems rigid and grooved, from 3-37 cm tall and 0.5-1 mm wide. Leave blades to 16 cm long, sheaths red-brown, smooth and shining. Flower-heads loosely hemispherical or reduced to a single spikelet, 0.2-1 cm in diameter with the lowest flower bract to 6 cm long.
Spikelets 3-5 mm long with 4-7, red-brown to dark yellow-brown, glumes and 2-3 flowers. Fruit a triangular nut, 1.1-1.6 mm long, subtended by 6 feather-like bristles.
Common along the Victorian coastline, growing in damp areas behind sand dunes. Also found fringing salt lakes and brackish swamps across Western Victoria.
There are more than 20 Bog-rush species in Victoria. Many occupy seasonally wet places in the environment, including sandy heaths. Common Bog-rush (Schoenus apogon) is one example.