Low, sprawling sparse tussock. Slender reddish flowering stems to 1 m tall, giving it the common name Red-leg Grass. Leaves sparsely hairy, green with maroon at the tips and margins during the warmer months.
Dark reddish-purple flower stems and seed heads. Awns (bristles on seeds) up to 20 mm long, twice bent, terminal, brown.
Perennial with a lifespan of 5-25 years. Grassland and grassy woodland. Very drought-tolerant and can resprout after fire. Can become the dominant species in native pasture heavily grazed by stock. Often found with Kangaroo Grass Themeda triandra in lightly grazed grasslands.
Dec-Apr but flowers all year
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia