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Plant Form: Perennial tussock grass.
Size: Up to 1.5 m tall.
Stem: Flowering stems long and upright.
Leaves: Long narrow blade up to 60 cm long, with small forward directed teeth on edges and upper surface.
Flowers: Numerous pink to pale purple in dense cylindrical spike, surrounded by bristles.
Fruit and Seeds: Smooth cylindrical grain about 1.8 mm long within the flower.
Habitat: Rocky exposed ground, coastal grasslands, disturbed areas, roadsides.
Distinguishing Features: Hairy bristles distinguish from other Cenchrus species except Feathertop (C. longisetus) which has cream coloured flowerheads.
Environmental, Agricultural, Invasive Garden Escapee