Australian Native Plants

  Gahnia filum (Chaffy Saw-sedge)


Gahnia filum photo
Gahnia filum, Cherry Lake, Altona, Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




CHAFFY SAW-SEDGE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Gahnia filum in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Chaffy Saw-sedge

Description
The Chaffy Saw-sedge is a tussock-forming perennial with flat grassy leaves. It has brown flower spikes in spring and summer.

Height
0.4m - 1.5m

Habitat
coastal saltmarsh

Wildlife Interest
attracts moths and butterflies. caterpillar food source. The caterpillar of the Altona Skipper butterfly feeds on this species.

Distribution
New South Wales, Victoria., South Australia, Tasmania.,

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Poales
Family:Cyperaceae
Genus:Gahnia
Species:filum
Common Name:Chaffy Saw-sedge