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Plant Form: Tussock forming erect perennial grass.
Size: 20-70 cm tall.
Stem: Narrow and upright, with papery ligules (leaf joints). White at base like shallots.
Leaves: Very narrow and tightly rolled blades.
Flowers: Branching, drooping seed heads up to 35 cm long with a single seed at end of each branch. Purple tinge when mature from seed bract.
Fruit and Seeds: Golden brown, hard, small 1.5 mm long with awns offset from centre.
Habitat: All types of terrain. Pastures, roadsides, grasslands, bare ground.
Distinguishing Features: Extremely similar appearance to native Wallaby grasses (Austrostipa and Rytidosperma species) or Meadow grasses (Poa species), recommend seeking expert advice.