Carex pumila

Common Name:

Strand Sedge



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (EKNPTWZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Sand dune stabiliser- found on bare sandy soils. Occurs occasionally on inland soils on river banks and streams 1

Flower Description:

Upper spikes male, lower spikes female and covered by yellow brown glumes


Small, sedge to 50 cm high with creeping underground rhizomes 2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Stems are yellow-brown, hidden by leaves which sheath the stem. Leaves are often curled at the tip. This plant is often grazed by wallabies and wombats 1


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

WA Flora NSW Flora VicFlora

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