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Scientific Name:Baumea spp.


Australian natives.

Plant Description:

Perennial sedges with rhizomes. Tufted with erect stems and flattened or circular or reduced leaves. Flower-heads are panicle-like, subtended by stem-like bracts. Spikelets are usually clustered, having 1-5 flowers and a few spirally arranged glumes. Fruit is a triangular or circular nut crowned by the persistent enlarged base of the style (the elongated part of the female organ or carpel).


Growing in swamps and lakes or in damp heaths. Mostly indicative of non-saline environments.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
Central and Northern, Wimmera, Western, GippslandS0, *S1, *S2, *S3W2, W3, W4
*refers to Bare Twig-rush


Nine species of Twig-rush grow in Victoria, including Jointed Twig-rush (
Baumea articulata), Square Twig-rush (Baumea tetragona), Soft Twig-rush (Baumea rubiginosa) and Pale Twig-rush (Baumea acuta). Only Bare Twig-rush (Baumea juncea) appears to have some salt tolerance.
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