Small deeply tufted grass-like plant to 30 cm tall. Fine inrolled leaves. Deep reddish-purple flowers held in dense blackish clusters at a leafy bract node near the top of the plant. Tiny nut is whitish, three-ribed and with a network of veins.
The stalk of the flower spikelet zig zags. Leaf sheaths at the base of the plant are reddish-brown.
Annual or short-lived perennial. Grows in seasonally moist to wet soils in a variety of soil types.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia