Gahnia grandis

Brickmakers Sedge

Robust clumping perennial herb. Flowering stems stout, often sprawling before becoming erect.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-3 m x 2-3 m
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFlat, channelled rough spreading leaves to 2.5 m long, sheathing and spiralling around the stem. Margins sharp. Sheaths brown.
  • Flower colourBlack
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersErect or drooping flower spikes 50-100 cm long, often 1-sided; lower bracts much shorter than upper. Nuts red-brown to dark brown, very prominent.
  • Bird attractingHabitat - nesting and/or safety
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil beside streams in gullies of shady forests. Dappled to semi shade.
  • Garden useA large sedge with decorative fruits, suitable for erosion control on creeks.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusVulnerable in Victoria to continued depletion. Known from the Beenak area in the Shire and from Wilsons Promontory.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - nuts ground
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Plant Communities

  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
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