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Plant Form: Annual tufted grass.
Size: 30 cm to 1.5 m tall.
Stem: Slender, straight, many in tussock.
Leaves: Blades to 45 cm long, hairy or hairless, ring of hair at base.
Flowers: Spikelike, to 20 cm long. Dense, cylindrical, cream-coloured with purple tinge.
Fruit and Seeds: With bristles and dense woolly hairs, spaced on spike.
Habitat: Pastures, roadsides, waste areas, creeklines.
Distinguishing Features: Very similar to perennial Mission grass (Cenchrus polystachios) but is generally smaller, and with purplish-coloured seed heads.