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Conservation status

Australian Government status: critically endangered
Victorian Government status: endangered

Herbaceous leaves in a wetland with green grass surrounding them
Seasonal herbaceous wetland


These shallow, freshwater wetlands are usually found on fertile clay soils across south-eastern Australia. They generally have a ground layer of vegetation made up of native grasses, sedges, wildflowers and ferns.

In winter and spring, the wetlands fill up with rainwater, but can remain dry for long periods. They can even seem to disappear from the landscape but remain vital habitat for a range of plants and animals.


  • weeds
  • agricultural practices, such as fertilisers
  • habitat loss.

What we are doing

We are working to protect seasonal herbaceous wetlands in the Western Grassland Reserve and a number of our conservation areas.

Page last updated: 24/01/24