Nature conservation

Threatened species

Cliff Sedge - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Cyperus rupicola
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 01 Nov 2002
Profile last updated: 20 Nov 2018


The Cliff Sedge is a tussock-forming perennial herb. It has three-sided, green flower-bearing stems, which are often rough textured, up to 100 cm high and 5 mm across. The leaves are 6-9 mm wide, and sometimes longer than the flower-bearing stems. Flowers occur in clusters of small spikes at the ends of 6 to 10 branches up to 18 cm long. These branches radiate from the top of the flower-bearing stem, and are surrounded by 5 to 8 leaf-like structures which can be up to 45 cm long. The fruit is a small three-sided nut which is egg-shaped and dark brown to yellow-brown.


Cliff Sedge is found in southern Queensland and north-eastern NSW. It is known from only two locations in NSW, near Mt Warning and within Nightcap National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Cliff Sedge grows amongst rocks on the exposed tops of cliffs and on cliff faces or at the base of cliffs, near forest.

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None