Tufted erect rhizomatous grass with flowering stems to 1.2 m. Flat or inrolled leaves to 70 cm long, hairless or with stiff downy hairs. Leaf- sheath has thickened ear-shaped lobes (auricle) Short translucent leaf-collar (ligule). Seedhead is a dense slender cluster to 30 cm long with few branches.
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Dense greenish clustered flowerhead. Seeds are purplish, drying to dark brown or black and lightly covered with golden or coppery hairs, and a bristle or awn 40-70 mm long, kinked twice.
Perennial. Common on coastal situations, also limestone and basalt soils. 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