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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).