Plant Form Annual tufted grass. Size 55 cm to 2 m tall. Stem Hairless upright, green at first, browning as they mature. Leaves Alternately along stem, clasping stem, blade 7-60 cm long, folded at base. Flowers Spikelets 1-3 cm long with fan shaped structure in leafy bracts. Fruit and Seeds Oval or near cylindrical, in hairy bracts, with long bent twisted awns, become droopy with age. Habitat Grasslands, roadsides, disturbed areas, wasteland, open woodlands. Distinguishing Features Very similar to, but taller than Kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra) and with harder spikelets than Tanglegrass (Heteropogon contortus). Smaller spikelets than Native oatgrass (Themeda avenacea). Impacts Less palatable than other grasses, weed of sugarcane, outcompetes native grasses, increases fire risk.