Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 97: 358 (2010) APNI
Tufted perennial. Culms mostly 50–100 cm high. Leaves glabrous to lightly hairy; blade flat or channelled, rarely loosely inrolled, to 30 cm long and 3 mm wide. Panicle linear to lanceolate in outline, mostly 6–12 cm long. Spikelets occasionally purplish on margins of glumes, mostly 4–6-flowered; glumes subequal, acute to acuminate, 12–18 mm long; lemma triangular, 3–4 mm long, thin-textured, prominently nerved, more or less evenly covered by hairs commencing c. 1 mm above the callus tuft, increasing in length from lower to upper, or in fairly distinct rows; the uppermost usually 4–5 mm long; lateral lobes erect, 5–9 mm long, tapering gradually into the 2–3 mm long setiform tips; central awn exceeding lateral lobes by up to 5 mm, the basal part strongly twisted and copper-coloured; palea lanceolate to narrowly ovate with a narrow but obtuse, usually twisted apex, thinly membranous, exceeding sinus by 1.5–2.5 mm. Flowers mostly Nov.–Mar., but occasionally through the year.
CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT. Locally common in dryish open forest through much of the state except the far north-west, south-west and higher ranges of the east.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|