Lepidosperma gladiatum

Common name: 

Coast Sword-sedge

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEKPTWXZ) also WA, SA, NSW, Tas

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

Grows on back dunes1

Flower description:

Glumes red-brown2


Clump-forming perennial to 1 m2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Culms are convex on both faces with a sharp edge and a prominent central rib, stems are 5-20 mm wide. The inflorescence is to 15 cm long and is wrinkled and shiny brown3

Image of Lepidosperma gladiatum
Image of Lepidosperma gladiatum
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
3 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.