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Plant Form Tussock forming erect perennial grass. Size 20-70 cm tall. Stem Narrow and upright, with papery ligules (leaf joints). White at base like shallots. Leaves Very narrow and tightly rolled blades. Flowers Branching, drooping seed heads up to 35 cm long with a single seed at end of each branch. Purple tinge when mature from seed bract. Fruit and Seeds Golden brown, hard, small 1.5 mm long with awns offset from centre. Habitat All types of terrain. Pastures, roadsides, grasslands, bare ground. Distinguishing Features Extremely similar appearance to native Austrostipa or Poa species, recommend seeking expert advice. Impacts Unpalatable for livestock, reduces native biodiversity.