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Plant Form Perennial tussock-forming grass.
Size 40-100 cm tall.
Leaves Blades 8-35 cm long, thread-like, often rolled inwardly or outwardly. Rough and hairless surface, with hairy edges and base.
Flowers Elongated clusters 10-25 cm long with widely-spaced cylindrical florets. Brownish-purple in appearance.
Fruit and Seeds Yellowish-brown, narrow, 2-3 mm long seeds, completely hairy. Habitat Roadsides, grasslands, stream banks, pastures, waste areas.
Distinguishing Features Very hard to distinguish from Broad kernal espartillo (Amelichloa caudata) but usually has more hairy and narrow seeds.