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Plant Form: Perennial tufted grass.
Size: Up to 1.2 m tall.
Stem: Erect, densely tufted.
Leaves: Flat, 30-60 cm long, narrowed at base, with very rough edges.
Flowers: Heads 20-40 cm long, wiry, hairy, reddish brown.
Fruit and Seeds: Bristled and twisted with 2 bends.
Habitat: Roadsides, open woodlands, pastures.
Distinguishing Features: There are subspecies of Hyparrhenia rufa which are very difficult to tell apart.