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 swamps 1

Flower Description:

Flowers small and inconspicuous 2


Tall tussocky plant between 2-5 m tall, can be taller 1

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 skin 1


Image: David Meagher

Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

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