Gahnia clarkei

Tall Saw-sedge

Robust cane-like perennial tussock. Flowering stems stout, woody, often sprawling to erect, to 30mm wide.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyperaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1.5-4.5 m x 1-3 m
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesRough, very long, flat to inrolled leaves, shorter than stems, spiralling around the stem. Margins sharp. Sheaths narrow, pinkish to brown. .
  • Flower colourGolden brown, becoming dark brown
  • Flowering timeSeptember to February
  • FlowersErect or drooping flower spikes, 50-125 cm long, spikelets 2-flowered; lower bracts much shorter than upper. Nuts shiny orange to red.
  • Bird attractingHabitat - nesting and/or safety
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soil beside streams and swamps in shady gullies. Dappled to semi shade.
  • Garden useA large sedge with decorative fruits, suitable for erosion control on creeks. Care needs to be taken in handling this plant due to the sharpness of the leaves.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites in the Beenak area but locally common.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - nuts ground
Photographer/s: 1, 2 D. Grieg ©, Australian National Botanic Gardens; 3 A. Lyne ©, Australian National Botanic Gardens

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