Lepidosperma elatius Labill.

Tall Sword-sedge

Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 15, t. 11 (asL. elatior) (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tall, tussock-forming perennial with short rhizome. Culms rigid, erect, biconvex, or convex on 1 face and flat on the other, or margins flat with a central biconvex ridge, ± striate, glabrous, smooth, 70–180 cm high, 5–15 mm wide; margins scabrous. Leaf-blades ± flat, shorter than culms, 6–20 mm wide; sheaths reddish, straw-coloured above, usually not viscid, ± shining. Inflorescence ovate to oblong in outline, with branches drooping, 18–65 cm long, 5–20 cm diam.; involucral bract shorter than inflorescence. Spikelets numerous, 3–7 mm long; glumes 4–7, often mucronate, puberulous, red-brown, the 1 or 2 lowest empty, shorter than fertile glumes, acute; fertile glumes 3–6 mm long, acute to long-acute; hypogynous scales 6, white to pale brown, from one-quarter to one-third length of nut. Nut ovoid to narrow-ellipsoid, greyish to red-brown, smooth, shining, 2.0–3.0 mm long, 1.3–1.5 mm diam. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Damp areas in forests, often near rainforest.

Source: Wilson, K.L. (1994). Cyperaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Lepidosperma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lepidosperma elatius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidosperma elatius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory