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Updated 19 June 2014 1:32pm



Scientific name: Isolepis prolifer 

Wetland plant group: Sedge

Plant growth form: Up to 0.5m high

Flowering: All year round

Related species: There are 20 Isolepis species in New Zealand.


This bright green plant usually scrambles across the ground in wetlands and wet pasture but sometimes grows out across water up to 40cm deep. It spreads by growing a new plant every time a seed head touches the soil.

Isolepis prolifer is a very common species in freshwater and is often mistaken for an introduced weed.