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Threatened species

Missionary Nutgrass - 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 semifertilis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 13 Jul 2001
Profile last updated: 27 Apr 2020


A tall slender perennial sedge with a horizontally creeping underground stem. The three-sided stems are 30 – 55 cm tall and about 1 mm thick. The flat or rounded leaves are longer than the stem and between 1.5 – 4 mm wide. The flower spikes have 1 – 6 spreading spikelets 0.6 – 1.4 cm long. The three-sided nuts are brown.


Occurs in the NSW north coast and south-east Queensland. Currently known from only one site in NSW, in the Mullumbimby area, with an estimated population of about 50 plants. In Queensland it it know from the Mount Glorious, Mount Tamborine and Springbrook areas.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in open forest dominated by White Mahogany (Eucalyptus acmenoides) and wet sclerophyll forest with Sydney Blue Gum ((Eucalyptus saligna)) and Brush Box ((Lophostemon confertus)) .

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None