Gahnia clarkei

Common name: 

Brickmaker's Sedge

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


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

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

Not threatened


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