Red-fruited Saw-sedge

Red-fruited Saw-sedge
Red-fruited Saw-sedge growing in Milarri Garden.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

No Aboriginal name recorded

Botanical name: Gahnia sieberiana
Family: Cyperaceae


The seeds were ground into a paste to make a simple bread. 


Red-fruited Saw-sedge is found in wattle tea-tree scrub and damp sclerophyll forest. It grows in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.


Saw-sedges are important, sometimes exclusive, food plants for caterpillars of several butterflies. They also provide safe habitats for small birds. Gahnia sieberiana grows 1.5–3 m tall and 2–3 m wide. It prefers moist soil but will withstand some drought once established, and is useful to help control soil erosion.

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