New sedge species discovered following on a Plant Species Survey of Lower Tokai in 2019

In 2019, under the guidance of Prof Eugene Moll, Parkscape commissioned botanist Doug Euston Brown to conduct a survey of the Lower Tokai conservation site. The primary aim of the survey was to provide a definitive list of what species were currently occurring in Lower Tokai Park (to the east of Orpen Road). We requested that various trait data also be provided (e.g. longevity, growth form, abundance, distribution) for each species as well as their current red list status.

Of critical conservation interest and arising directly from the work commissioned by Parkscape was the discovery of Schoenus inconspicuus, Hidden Veldrush, listed as “Critically Endangered”.

The research paper arising from this discovery, and describing the plant, can be found on the Research Gate site.

The report provided to us by Doug Euston Brown can be read in the link below. The report is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Short report on plant species survey done in Lower Tokai in 2019

Schoenus inconspicuus (Cyperaceae, tribe Schoeneae) – Hidden Veldrush