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Bogrush with smut fungus

Schoenus apogon


These small grassy plants were populating a shallow depression in an ephemeral wetland. About 200mm tall maximum they had shiny black flower heads and occasional black sections on the leaves or stems as well producing a striking and attractive effect. Soil was judged as very poor, coarse sandy. Zero shade.


In a newly developed nature reserve next to an ocean/bay beach.


Thanks Vinny.
A tufted perennial about 5-25 cm high. Flowers from Winter to January.
The other part of the mystery is the short black sections randomly appearing on the stems. It seems they are caused by a smut fungus, Shivasia solida.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 months ago

Mark, that should be the name for a kid's animated TV series. Bogrush with smut fungus? That's hilarious :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Great call Vinny. I also stumbled upon the rest of the story - a smut fungus. Thanks again.

Vinny 6 years ago

These little sedgy things are tricky but Schoenus apogon might be worth a look

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 10, 2014
Submitted on Oct 28, 2014

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