Gahnia clarkei

Common name: 

Brickmaker's Sedge

Family: 
Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEKNPSTWZ) also SA, Qld, NSW

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Wet gullies and swamps1

Flower description:

Flowers small and inconspicuous2

Habit:

Tall tussocky plant between 2-5 m tall, can be taller1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This is the tallest Saw-sedge at the prom and it often forms thick masses in swampy areas. Edges are sharp and can cut skin1

Images:
Image of Gahnia clarkei
Image of Gahnia clarkei
Image of Gahnia clarkei
Image of Gahnia clarkei Image: David Meagher
Conservation status:

Not threatened

References:

1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria