Perennial grass to 2 m tall. Flat leaves rough to the touch with leaf-collar to 3 mm. Leaf- sheath has ear-shaped lobe (auricle). Spreading large loose cluster of seedheads to 55 cm long.
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Tall grass resembling an oat. Seeds are covered in long silky golden to red-brown hairs, and a bristle or awn that is up to 9 cm long, kinked twice.
Perennial. Found on heavy alluvial soils west of the Great Dividing Range from southern Qld to Vic. Preferential grazing of other grasses can lead to flowering and seeding of Spear-grass and their long awns (bristles) can work their way into the skin, mouths and eyes of stock, and contaminate wool.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia