Lepidosperma filiforme

Common name: 

Common Rapier-sedge

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEJKNPSTWXZ) also ?SA, NSW, Tas

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

Often growing in large clusters in heaths, woodlands and low-open forests1,2

Flower description:

Flowers small and inconspicuous within a bract2


Tufted perennial to 1 m1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Stems are angular in cross section (not concave/flat on one side as in L. concavum). The inflorescence is a single spike of up to 12 spikelets1

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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