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Plant Form: Tufted grass.
Size: 30 cm to 1.5 m tall.
Stem: Erect, slender.
Leaves: Bluish green blades 1 cm wide, hairy, flat or folded with pointed tops.
Flowers: One to four spikelets, purple.
Fruit and Seeds: Heads are dense and cylindrical with clusters of white bristles making them look fluffy.
Habitat: Roadsides, rail lines, rangelands, pastures.
Distinguishing Features: Very similar to other Cenchrus species. Dense tussocks and fluffy heads may help distinguish it.