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Buttongrass

Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus

Description:

A sedge rather than a grass (Family Cyperaceae), this species forms extensive swathes through SW Tassie. Reliant on fire to stop shrub encroachment, the seed produced is a food source for the endangered Orange Bellied Parrot, the tuberous roots are also edible for people. The thick root mass was observed to prevent soil erosion on well used tracks.

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Vinny
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Vinny

Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Dec 20, 2014
Submitted on Dec 20, 2014

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