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Threatened species

Archer's Carex - 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: Carex archeri
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 02 Apr 2004
Profile last updated: 16 Aug 2018


Archer’s Carex is a loosely-tufted herb that grows from long, slender underground stems (rhizomes). Its flower-stems (culms) are slender, circular in cross-section, smooth, and up to 25 cm long. Leaves are usually shorter than the culms, and to 0.5 mm in width. The flower-head (inflorescence) is about 0.5 cm long. The inflorescence has up to six loosely-arranged female flowers below the short male portion. The membrane surrounding the fruits (utricles) are three-sided, redish-brown, and about 3 - 4 mm long, including a 1 - 2.5 mm long beak. The style is divided into three parts. Plants flower in summer.


In NSW, Archer's Carex is only known from Kosciuszko National Park (Club Lake and upper Thredbo River areas). It is also found in the high country of Victoria and Tasmania.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in damp alpine herbfields.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Predicted above 1400 m