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Small tussock, usually < 40 centimetres high. Generally inconspicuous when the inflorescences are absent. These are brush-like and occasionally tinged purple. Seeds are borne on a detachable, wind-dispersed panicle. Easiest to identify from the three-awned seed which is much larger than those found in any other Aristida species.
Grows from seed without pre-treatment, though germination is patchy.
Late spring and summer. Probably also in response to rain.
Occurs as a minor component of open grassy woodlands, for example Mates Gully and Willans Hill. Inconspicuous when heads are absent.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery