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
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Grows on back dunes 1

Flower Description:

Glumes red-brown 2


Clump-forming perennial to 1 m 2

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 brown 3


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3 Ellis, M. (unpublished).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