Lepidosperma longitudinale

Common Name:

Pithy Sword-sedge



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Grampians, Wannon, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (CDEJKNPTXWZ) also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Swamp scrub 1

Flower Description:

Glumes red-brown 2


Clump-forming perennial to 2 m 2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Culms (stems) are 5-10 mm wide and thickly convex on both faces. The inflorescence is 15-50 cm long. The nut is shiny, not wrinkled 2


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

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1 Ellis, M. (unpublished).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