|Black Fruit Saw-sedge|
|Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia|
Gahnia melanocarpa, known as the Black Fruit Saw-sedge, is a tussock forming perennial plant in eastern Australia. Often found in the wetter forests or in rainforest margins, it is common on the coast but also seen in the tablelands.
Gahnia melanocarpa grows to two metres high. The leaf edges are sharp and can easily cut human skin. The strap-like leaves are around 10 mm wide.
The flowers grow in spikes from the centre of the plant and appear in spring and summer. They are followed by shiny dark brown to black nuts, which measure 2.5 to 3.5 mm long and 1.5 to 2 mm in diameter. The specific epithet melanocarpa translates from the Greek meaning "black fruit".
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