Hypolaena fastigiata

Common name: 

Tassel Rope-rush

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Lowan Mallee, Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (BCDEHJKNPTWXZ) all States except NT

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Along tracks in heathland1

Flower description:

Males red-brown, females brown1


Perennial herb to 50 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Only one species of Hypolaena is in Victoria. Male plants are greatly branched, the female inflorescence contains one flower subtended by 3-6 sterile bracts2

Image of Hypolaena fastigiata
Image of Hypolaena fastigiata Image: Mike Bayly
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria