Tufted perennial. Culms erect, to 80 cm high; nodes glabrous. Leaves glabrous or ciliate about the sheath-blade junction, rarely with a few short stiff hairs; sheath pale; blade flat, to 30 cm long and 12 mm wide; ligule 1–2.5 mm long, ciliate. Panicle 10–25 cm long, fully exserted at maturity, primary and secondary branches finally spreading. Spikelets 2.2–3.1 mm long; lower glume weakly 1-nerved or apparently nerveless, broadly obtuse or, usually, truncate, without a central point, 0.5–1 mm long; rachilla exposed for c. 0.2 mm between glumes; upper glume 7–9-nerved, acute, 2–3 mm long; lemma of lower floret equal to upper glume; palea of lower floret c. three-quarters as long as its lemma; fertile lemma obtuse at maturity, slightly shorter than spikelet, hard, shining, dorsally rounded; palea subequal to lemma, flat or concave. Flowers Dec.–May.
MuF, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Occasional on basalt plain west of Melbourne (e.g. Little River, Laverton, St Albans) where usually associated with Themeda triandra grasslands, commoner in the north of the State where usually associated with grassy woodlands.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|New South Wales|