Gahnia erythrocarpa R.Br. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial. Culms stout, 50–75 cm high, c. 5 mm diam.
Leaves ± erect, scabrous, longer than or equalling inflorescence, ± flat; ligule narrow, papery; sheaths brown, dull.
Inflorescence big, narrow, erect, 30–75 cm long, with 6–14 nodes. Spikelets 2-flowered. Glumes 12–16, lower 5–7 glumes shorter, uppermost 2 much shorter, dark brown to black, scaberulous, with apex acute to mucronate. Stamens 6; anthers 3.3–3.5 mm long (including apical appendage 0.5 mm long). Style 4- or 5-fid.
Nut ovoid, obscurely trigonous, 5–5.5 mm long, 2.2–2.8 mm diam., smooth, isodiametrically reticulate, shining, straw-coloured to dark brown.
Distribution and occurrence: In the Sydney region.
Grows in damp places on sandstone in woodland or forest.
NSW subdivisions: CC
Occasionally 2 or 3 small hypogynous bristles are present.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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