Lepidosperma laterale

Common name: 

Variable Sword-sedge

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

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

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

Wet forest and lowland forest1

Flower description:

Glumes red-brown to grey-brown2


Tufted perennial to 1 m2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Culms (stems) are flattened and to 8 mm wide, leaves are ribbon like. There are only a few spikelets and these are 4-8.5 mm long. The nut is wrinkled and a shining pale brown3,2

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Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.
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 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.