Gahnia sieberiana Kunth

Red-fruit Saw-sedge

Enum. Pl. 2: 332 (1837) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tall, tussock-forming perennial. Culms 1–2.5 m high, 5–50 mm diam. Leaf-blades flat, recurved, scabrous, about as long as culm; ligules narrow, chartaceous; sheaths brown to black, dull. Inflorescence erect or somewhat spreading, 30–100 cm long, with 12–30 nodes. Spikelets 2-flowered; glumes 5–8, brown to black, glabrous or scaberulous, with acute to mucronate apex, the uppermost 1 or 2 much shorter than lower; stamens 3 or 4; anthers 2.3–3 mm long excluding apical appendage 0.3–0.5 mm long. Nut ovoid to ellipsoid, trigonous or obtusely 4-angled, smooth and reticulate or granulate, shining, 2.5–4.0 mm long, 1.5–2.0 mm diam., red to orange. Flowers spring–summer.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. New Guinea, New Caledonia. Occurs in a wide variety of damp to wet sites from heathlands near sea-level to wet mountain forests, usually on sandy or silty alluvial soils.

A variable and widespread species that may include more than one taxon.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Cyperaceae
genus Gahnia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gahnia sieberiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gahnia sieberiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
Northern Inland Slopes 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory