Gahnia aspera (R.Br.) Spreng.
Sprengel, C.P.J. (1825) Systema Vegetabilium 2 : 114.
Red-fruited Saw-sedge; Saw Sedge; Red-fruit Saw-sedge; Large-seeded Gahnia; Gahnia, Large-seeded; Gahnia; Sword Grass
Essentially herbaceous with an underground rhizome but leaves sometimes exceeding 1 m in height.
Leaf blades long and narrow, up to 100 x 0.5-0.7 cm, margins very finely toothed (visible with a lens) so that the leaves can cut the hands of careless or over enthusiastic collectors and children. Leaves without a midrib.
Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1100 m. Sometimes grows in open forest but usually found in wet sclerophyll forest or disturbed areas in well developed rain forest. Also occurs in Malesia and the Pacific islands.
Food plant for the larval stages of several species of Skipper Butterflies. Common & Waterhouse (1981).
An upright climbing plant with some potential in horticulture and produced red fruits.