Scientific name: Maundia triglochinoides


  • Queensland: Vulnerable (NCA 1992)

What does it look like?

The plant has tufts of leaves that arise along its length. The leaves are triangular in cross section and are up to 80cm long with a width of 5-10mm. The leaves have a spongy texture. The female parts of flower are 6 - 8mm long, each with a spreading beak. The fruit is 1cm long to 8mm wide.

Maundia flowers during warmer months and its pollination occurs due to the wind. The seeds of the plant are dispersed by water. The species can grow from root tubers that have broken off the main plant. It also spreads vegetatively, with tufts of leaves arising from its horizontally growing underground stem.

Where is it found?

The species grows in swamps or shallow freshwater areas on heavy clay. The species ranges from NSW up into South-eastern Queensland. It is restricted to coastal areas.

What is threatening it?

  • Habitat loss and fragmentation
  • Changes in hydrology and water conditions
  • Pesticides
  • Invasive weeds.

Conservation actions

Maundia is protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. It is an offence to damage or interfere with Maundia in any other way than when accepted by the Act.

Redland City Council manages environmental weeds throughout the Redlands Coast to minimise their impact on native ecosystems and plants such as Maundia.

Did you know...?  

Populations expand following flood events and contract to more permanent wetlands in times of low rainfall.

How you can help

Manage environmental weeds on your property- see IndigiScapes’ brochure entitled Environmental Weeds of the Redlands [PDF, 5.0MB] or visit the centre for advice on how to remove them and stop them from spreading.

Record your sightings on the Atlas of Living Australia