P. Beauv., Agrost. 91 (1812).
Synonymy: Aira caespitosa L., Sp. Pl. 64 (1753).
Common name: Tufted hair-grass.
Stout glabrous tufted perennial, c. 30 cm to over 1 m high; leaves long, stiff, setaceous-involute or flattened towards the base; ligule lanceolate, glabrous, 3-6 mm long.
Panicle 15-25 cm long, the long lower spreading branches whorled; glumes 3-6 mm long, the first l-nerved, the second 3-nerved; lemmas rather shorter, with a straight awn inserted near the base and about as long as them, the upper stalked lemma slightly exceeding the glumes.
Burbidge (1966) Australian grasses 1:pl. 9.
Occurs in temperate and arctic regions.
N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. New Zealand, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
Flowering time: Sept. — Jan.
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Not considered to be of significance in grazing.
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