Isolepis prolifera (Rottb.) R.Br. Budding Club-rush
Prodr. 223 (1810)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Monday 22 November 1993

Tufted perennial, grass-like or herb (sedge), 0.2-0.6 m high. Fl. green-brown, Oct to Dec or Jan or Apr. White or black sand. Drains, swamps, creeks.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Dandaragan Plateau, Fitzgerald, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

IMCRA Regions: Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Belmont, Busselton, Canning, Chittering, Cockburn, Dardanup, Denmark, Gingin, Harvey, Jerramungup, Kalamunda, Manjimup, Nannup, Northam, Plantagenet, Swan, Williams, York.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

General Biology. Growth form. Sedge. Life form. Perennial. Reproduction. Stem fragments, possibly seed. Dispersal. Water.

Notes. Can rapidly invade and smother native plant communities. Germination is stimulated by light, seed remains dormant in the dark. Seeds are very small and easily transported by water.

Additional information. Origin. South Africa.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination               U U        
Active Growth               U U U U    
Flowering Y                 Y Y Y  
Fruiting Y Y                   Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



  • Bell, D.T. (1993) The effects of light quality on germination of eight species from sandy habitats in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany, 41 (3): 321-326.
  • Brown, K. & Brooks, K. (2002) Bushland Weeds: A Practical Guide to their Management. Environmental Weeds Action Network, Greenwood.
  • Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. & Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western Weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia. 2nd Edition. The Plant Protection Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park.
  • Waters and Rivers Commission (2002) Water Notes: Long term management of riparian vegetation, WN 29. Perth.

Project information and acknowledgements